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1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser

Published: 20 October 1866

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library

This short poem decorated the lithographers' press that formed part of the Grand Reform Demonstration in October 1866. It evokes Burns in the final final lines ('Shall brothers be for a' that'). The role of trade societies is crucial to understanding the mobilisation of support for all the franchise acts. Here the lithographers make claims for the power of publication to 'batter' castle walls to dust.