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Anither New Sang

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:
John Campbell (1779-1861)
Thomas Dick Lauder (1784-1848)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Wae Betide the Whigs o' Fife.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 142-145

This song mocks Sir John Campbell, a Whig candidate in the 1834 Edinburgh by election, for posing as a Scotsman.  The speakers states that, although he was born in Fife, he has 'English law an' English gown', and that he won't be able to 'catch a Scottish voter'.  This attack on a Whig is in keeping with Reform Songs and Squibs; its publisher, Peter Brown, despite being a 'ten pounder' (newly enfranchised by the Reform Bill) was bitterly anti-Whig. The poem is largely written in Scots and a figure named 'Saunders' is mentioned, but it is not clear who this refers to.