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Game-keepers and the Game Laws; A Poem, Founded on Fact

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Alexander McGilvray (1800-1871)
[also known as Rhyming Baker]

Publication: Game-keepers and the Game Laws

Publisher: John Reid, 18 High Street

Published: 1868

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

No full copy of this poem is available.

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

This poem (dated July 1868) is dedicated to 'the whole electors included in the new Reform Bill'. McGilvray is given as 'Alexander McGilvray, Glasgow (Late of Paisley). McGilvray is the author of Poems and Songs, Satirical and Descriptive (1850, rev. ed. 1862). McGilvray was known as the 'Rhyming Baker'. The title page includes the following quotation: 'Give equal laws to rich and poor,/ And this enlighten'd nation,/ From civil war is quite secure,/ And proof against invasion.' - Paisley Rhymes. Game laws and rights of way ('despotic laws') were issues that inspired radical Liberals in these years and exemplified issues of equality that franchise extension, it was hoped, would address. The game laws were an important theme in the 1868 general election.