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An Election Duet

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Hawk

Published: 19 November 1868

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
A.C. Campbell, 1st Baron Blythswood (1835-1908)
H.E.C. Ewing (1802-1887)
A. Kintrea

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Braes.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Classmark(s): 050 PA PC22326
Pages(s): 5

Three periodicals were produced during the period of the 1868 election campaign in Paisley: the Hoo'let, the Hawk and the Eclipse. This song, appearing in the fourth edition of the Hawk - the periodical supporting the Liberal interest and the candidature of the sitting MP Humphrey Crum Ewing - refers to the support that the Radical candidate (Kintrea) gathered from non-electors in the burgh, and also Ewing's approach to the controversial rating clause that was a major stumbling block in parliamentary debates on the second reform bill. Positions taking by candidates on the extension of the franchise were an important issue in the 1868 general election in Paisley. The poem imagines a duet between Ewing and Paisley in which the relative merits of her 'suitors' are examined. Ewing is styled as the 'faithfu' lover. The courtship scenario was a popular one in the verse of this election in Paisley.