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Address to Thomas Coats Esq. of Ferguslie

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: John Macgregor (1790-1870)

Publication: Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser

Published: 30 May 1868

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Thomas Coats (1809-1883)
Marion White

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library

This poem by John MacGregor of Kilbarchan, a poet and textile worker, who had been involved in Reform politics since the early nineteenth century, celebrates the generosity of local thread manufacturer, Thomas Coats of Ferguslie who gifted the town the Fountain Gardens. The poem also praises Coats' political activism, most notably his support for reform in 'Poland, Hungary, Italy'. It mentions a lecture in Coats' mansion from Marion White on 'Italian strife'. It ends 'O Marion White! darling! where art thou now?'.