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Bottom He Cam Here to Woo

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:
William Aitchison
John Cunningham
James Gibson-Craig (1765-1850)
Thomas Dick Lauder (1784-1848)
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Duncan Gray.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 145-147

This poem centres on John Archibald Murray and his attempt to win over the voters of Leith, Portobello and Musselburgh.  The poem repeatedly attacks Murray for being a liar, a rander and piteous.  The speaker instead backs the 'lad o' grace' - Aitchison, the Tory candidate.  This stance is in keeping with Reform Songs and Squibs as Peter Brown, the publisher, was bitterly anti-Whig, despite being newly enfranchised by the Reform Bill in 1832 himself.