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The Downfall of Spittal

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs

Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
James Gibson-Craig (1765-1850)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)
James Spittal (1769-1842)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Which nobody can deny.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 118-119

This poem implores all 'true Aytounites' to sing of Provost Spittal's downfall (Aytoun challenged him to the Provostship in 1833).  The poem mocks Spittal throughout - he is full of 'drivel and drawl' - and other Whigs are also attacked.  The poem is in keeping with the tone of Reform Songs and Squibs, which is largely anti-Whig: the publisher, Peter Brown was a 'ten pounder', newly enfranchised by the 1832 Reform Bill, but he was bitterly anti-Whig.