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Song - Not for Crummie

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Hoo'let

Publisher: Peter Pearson, 18 Gilmour Street

Published: 1868

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
H.E.C. Ewing (1802-1887)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Classmark(s): 050 PA PC22326

This song appears in the sixth edition of the Hoo'let on p2. 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.'  Lines five and six of the first stanza highlight that Crum Ewing's contributions to debates in the Commons on the second reform bill were to the fore during the election contest in Paisley in 1868: 'The Rating Clause I bolted, too,/ I'll suffer for it now though;'. The rating clause was a major point of discussion in 1867-8 when the reform legislation was being considered at Westminster. See Robert Saunders, 'The Politics of Reform and the Making of the Second Reform Act, 1848-1867', in The Historical Journal (50.3 (2007), pp. 571-591.