Song - By the Campbell Lads
Publisher: Peter Pearson, 18 Gilmour Street
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
Augusta Clementina Campbell [nee Carrington] (1841-1922)
No full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Kiltie Lads.
Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Classmark(s): 050 PA PC22326
This poem of four (8-line) stanzas appears in the fifth edition of the Hoo'let, p. 9. Three periodicals were produced during the period of the 1868 election campaign in Paisley: the Hoo'let, the Hawk and the Eclipse. The Hoo'let represented the Conservative interest in the town and backed the candidature of Campbell of Blythswood. IN the first edition it is noted: 'The Hoo'let is intended to be a source of Amusement and political instruction to the inhabitants of Paisley, and in its pages will be found an asylum for all the stray jokes which would most untimely have perished but for its protective pages.' Stanza three encourages 'Seestu wives and daughters' to get behind Campbell to 'claim [their] share': 'For 'Women's Rights' will soon be law,/ And then the men may rin awa''. It refers to Campbell's wife as his 'bonnie queen', 'A blither lass there ne'er was seen.' Campbell married Hon. Augusta Clementina Carrington, a daughter of Robert Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington in 1864. It is unclear whether we should interpret this as support for female enfranchisement, given the tone of the poem and the subordinate role identified for women.