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The Political Bachelor's Lament

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [A. C. B.]

Publication: Kilmarnock Standard

Published: 17 October 1868

Place of publication: Kilmarnock, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890)
Alexander Macdonald (1821-1881)
Edward Pleydell-Bouverie (1818-1889)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Burns Monument Centre
Classmark(s): Microfilm
Pages(s): 2

This poem is written from the point of view of Edwin Chadwick, the 'advanced Liberal' challenger to the moderate incumbent, Edward Pleydell-Bouverie, in the 1868 Kilmarnock Burghs election. It is most notable for its tortured rhyme of 'manœuvrey' and 'Edward P. Bouverie'. It depicts the contest as a failed courtship in which the lady remains loyal to her long-time beau: 'She has stuck, d'ye know, 'pon my soul, / To her lover, this Edward P. Bouverie'. The author, A. C. B., had published a comic portrait of another of the challengers, Robert Thomson, in the previous week's Kilmarnock Standard ('Robin the Candidate'). This poem makes brief mention of Thomson and of the fourth candidate, the 'miners' candidate' Alexander Macdonald, 'who throws dirt with his wonted audacity'.