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An Address Delivered by a Certain Gallant Gentleman to the Conservative Electors of Paisley

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

Author: Alexander McGilvray (1800-1871)
[also known as Rhyming Baker]

Published: 1862

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Pages(s): 274-278

This poem relates to the election of 1835 when H. Ross (Cons) stood against A.G. Speirs, the Liberal victor. The poem depicts the Tories as supporting pensions and sinecures, links between church and states, taxes on foodstuffs, the militarisation of society and the continued restriction of the franchise. ('the rabble will swamp every gentleman's vote') McGilvray took an active part in Paisley politics and was a councillor in the burgh for some time. The first edition of Poems and Songs, Satirical and Descriptive... appeared in 1850. Poem is prefixed with the following extract:

'In all he said or did, he therefore/ Could always give the why and wherefore/' - Ghost of Butler, Author of Hudibras