A Radical Ballad of 1819
Author: John Macgregor (1790-1870)
Publication: Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette
Published: 29 June 1867
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
This poem of 18 stanzas (each of eight lines), while published in 1867, was said by 'our veteran friend, Mr. John Macgregor' to have been written by him in 1819, 'with a view of being sung in the streets to the violin.' It condemns the restricted practices of the ruling regime at the time, most notably the withdrawal of Habeas Corpus and celebrates the efforts of William Cobbett. Macgregor in 1867 considered it 'interesting as an illustration of the feelings of reformers in those dark days ... when men were in danger who advocated political changes far less sweeping than those now proposed by a Tory Government.'