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Kintrae's Election Song

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:
John Bright (1811-1889)
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)
A. Kintrea

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Bobby.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Classmark(s): 050 PA PC22326
Pages(s): 6

Three periodicals were produced during the period of the 1868 election campaign in Paisley: the Hoo'let, the Hawk and the Eclipse. The Hawk supported the interests of the sitting Liberal MP, Humphrey Crum Ewing. He faced opposition from the Conservatives in the shape of Campbell of Blythswood and from more radical Liberal interests in the shape of Archibald Kintrae. In this poem, written from the perspective of Kintrae, he laments the fact that many of his supporters are still without the vote, despite the recent extension of the suffrage. In part this was due to the controversial rating clause in the legislation. It is clear, however, that the poet is not in sympathy with the extension of the vote to Kintrae's supporters, who are referred to as 'rag-tag friends', 'Bob-tail friends'.