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The Song of the Rad

1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

Publication: Evening Express

Published: 6 September 1884

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891)
John Bright (1811-1889)
Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914)
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)
Wilfrid Lawson (1829-1906)
Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891)
Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Cam ye by Athol.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Mf.N.647
Pages(s): 2

This song references various political figures and appears to mock the radicals and the Liberals.  The radicals are portrayed as disloyal and several Liberals are compared to these disloyal radicals: Lord Rosebery is, for instance, styled as 'Radbery'.  The song is a play on a Jacobite air; but the reference to Prince Charlie in the refrain is substituted for King Willie - William Gladstone.