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On the Death of an Old Reformer

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: David Carnegie
[also known as A Son of St Tammas]

This poem appears in our anthology

Publication: Lays and Lyrics from the Factory

Publisher: Thomas Buncle

Published: 1879

Place of publication: Arbroath, Scotland

Publication type: Book

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland

David Carnegie was a factory worker in Arbroath, who published in the local and Dundee press, often under the pseudonym 'A Son of St Tammas'. This poem was included in his collection Lays and Lyrics from the Factory (Arbroath: Thomas Buncle, 1879). It remembers an ardent local Chartist and Reformer. It may have been written around 1867, since it reflects on the new rights that 'William' did not live to see.