The Song of the Rad
Publication: Evening Express
Published: 6 September 1884
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
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
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.