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Aytoun, the Union Laddie

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aytoun, the Union Laddie

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)
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:
The New Highland Laddie.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): ABS.10.203.01(062)

 This poem celebrates James Aytoun, a Radical candidate for the Edinburgh constituency in the 1832 election and a frequent critic of the Whigs. It compares him favourably to his Whig opponents, Francis Jeffrey and James Abercromby ('The Chief Baron') as well as to 'him who stands for Leith' – John Murray, Liberal candidate for the Leith Burghs seat. The poem also appears in Reform Songs and Squibs, published by Peter Brown, who was a 'ten pounder' (newly enfranchised by the Reform Bill) but opposed to the Whigs, and in an instalment of the 'Noctes Ambrosianae' in Blackwood's Magazine in October 1832.