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Seestu and Her Candidates: a poem

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Publication: Seestu and Her Candidates: a poem

Publisher: John Reid, 18 High Street

Published: 1868

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

Featured individuals:
H.E.C. Ewing (1802-1887)
Archibald Hastie
A. Kintrea
William Wallace (1270-1305)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Classmark(s): Paisley Pamphlets, 1868 (Volume 42)

This long (7 page) poem is one example of the many written around the time of the 1868 general election in Paisley - the first following the Second Reform Act. The title page includes lines from local poet Alexander Wilson. 'Since this fell question seems sae lang to hing on,/ In twa-three words I'll gie you my opinion.' The poem supports the radical candidate, Kintrea (who attracted only 14% of the vote) and celebrates Paisley's proud radical tradition, attacking at much the same time the betrayal of local Liberals and the self-serving actions of a local elite.