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[They were men of your class - they were noble and brave,]

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: John Fraser

Publication: Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser

Published: 27 July 1867

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
James Wilson (1757-1820)
John Baird (1790-1820)
Andrew Hardie (1793-1820)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library

This fourteen-verse poem celebrates the martyrs of the Radical War of 1820 (Baird, Hardie and Wilson) and was read by the poet, John Fraser (Johnston) at the unveiling of the Martyrs' Monument in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley. See also David Picken, whose ('Martyr's Grave') adorns the monument. It reinforces the radical lineage which successive generations of reformers drew on for inspiration.