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Freedom and Learmonth Must Carry the Day!

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1867-8: 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 Abercromby (1776-1858)
John Campbell (1779-1861)
William Dundas (1762-1845)
James Gibson-Craig (1765-1850)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
John Learmonth (1789-1858)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Lillibulero, &c.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 127-130

In this election poem, the speaker lends its support to the Tory John Learmonth, who co-funded the Dean Bridge project.  The speaker of the poem is relieved that the 'old burgh system', which worked well for the Tories in Edinburgh, has now been removed.  Following the passing of the Reform Bill, which most Tories opposed, many asserted their support for the new bill, in the hope that they could attract the votes of pro-reformers - the publisher of this collection, Peter Brown, was decidedly opposed to further reform.  Several Whigs are referenced and mocked in the poem.