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Annual Volume 45 (2015)

POETS OF THE
PEOPLE’S JOURNAL

Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland

Edited by Kirstie Blair

Published in: Hardback, 256 pages
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, 2016
Price: £14.95
ISBN 9781906841287



The People’s Journal, “A Penny Saturday paper devoted to the interests of the Working Classes”, was one of the most successful and culturally influential publications in Victorian Scotland.

From the beginning, the Journal set out to represent ordinary men and women, and it provided a platform for their opinions and experiences, publishing readers’ letters, stories, and especially their poetry. Collected here are more than one hundred examples of these poems – comical, sentimental, political and polemical – on a dizzy variety of subjects, from domestic pleasures and local events to national questions and foreign affairs.

These works, written by tradesmen and women, factory workers, servants, and others, are both deeply fascinating and highly entertaining. Their often neglected voices are part of a literary heritage that deserves recovery: and their concerns and interests often chime, more than we might expect, with issues still very much current in the modern day.

 

Kirstie Blair is Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde. She has published widely on Victorian literature and culture, particularly poetry and poetics, Scottish Victorian popular culture and literature, working-class writing, literature and religion, and literature and medicine.

 

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
Introduction

Poetry from the People's Journal
1. The Muir, 'Complaint and Petition of the Muir of Alyth'. 23 January 1858
2. Trebor, 'Consolation to the Muir of Alyth'. 30 January 1858
3. The Muir, 'Eik to Petition of the Muir of Alyth'. 27 February 1858.
4. Apollo, 'A Young Rhymester's Address to the Editor'. 1 May 1858
5. A Son of St Tammas, 'I sigh not'. 26 June 1858.
6. Apollo, 'The Dundee Maiden'. 3 July 1858.
7. David M. Eli, 'Dialogue between the Auld Brig and the Burn'. 10 July 1858.
8. J. M., 'Think For Yourselves'. 5 March 1859.
9. Factorius, 'Shepherd's Song'. 10 September 1859
10. Pro Libertate, 'Subscription to Garibaldi'. 23 June 1860
11. Anon, 'Garibaldi's Soliloquy'. 17 November 1860
12. Anon, 'Poem on the Forfar Volunteers'. 3 August 1861
13. Hawthorn, 'Epistle to Tammas Bodkin'. 31 August 1861
14. Poute, 'Untitled [Letter to editor]'. 5 October 1861
15. Poute, 'Odd to a Krokis'. 22 March 1862
16. G. D., 'The Lass o' Broughty Ferry'. 5 April 1862
17. E. J., A Factory Girl, 'To My Husband'. 9 August 1862
18. A. F. M., 'On Top of the Law'. 4 October 1862
19. J. E. Watt, 'Nan Tamson's Wean'. 22 November 1862
20. D. Tasker, 'The Bairnies at Hame'. 6 June 1863
21. Iain Ban, 'The Author of "Bonny Strathtay's" Apology to the People's Journal'. 1 August 1863
22. James Watson, 'Home Recollections'. 29 August 1863
23. Anon, 'Rouse, brothers, Rouse'. 5 September 1863
24. E. J., The Factory Girl, 'The Opening of the Baxter Park'. 12 September 1863
25. Will Harrow, 'A Voice from Stanley Mills'. 19 December 1863
26. Poute, 'Apostroffe to the Rainbow'. 30 January 1864
27. A Missionary, 'The Chappin' Laddie'. 30 January 1864
28. Anon, 'The Working Lasses'. 16 July 1864
29. J. F., 'A Voice from Parnassus'. 1 October 1864
30. Poute, 'Kale-Wurms'. 26 August 1865
31. Moses Daylite, 'An Epissel to Poute'. 10 March 1866
32. J. C., 'The Scottish Servant Maid'. 17 March 1866
33. A. L. B., 'A Scottish Servant Maid'. 19 May 1866
34. John Taylor, 'The Navvies'. 17 July 1866
35. William Donaldson, 'A Lay of Reform'. 11 August 1866
36. J. C., 'Song. (Dedicated to the Scottish Servant Maids)'. 18 August 1866
37. A. W., 'Reform'. 13 October 1866
38. Justitia, 'The Plague-Stricken Village'. 8 December 1866
39. Fernogus, 'Hold Up Your Head'. 9 February 1867
40. James Gow, 'Despondency'. 13 July 1867
41. W. R. Mainds, 'Lines Addressed to James Gow'. 20 July 1867
42. David Morrison, 'The Bard of Caldervale'. 10 August 1867
43. J. G., 'Hard Times'. 16 November 1867
44. J. S. M., 'Lines on Receiving a People's Journal'. 30 May 1868
45. James Winthrope, 'Woe'. Christmas 1868
46. John Pettigrew, 'Sweet'. 27 March 1869
47. David Johnson, 'Co-operation'. 3 April 1869
48. A. A., 'John Keats'. 17 April 1869
49. Will Harrow, 'The Tory Lords'. 17 July 1869
50. Wolfhill, 'The Herd Laddie'. 11 September 1869
51. Harpoon, 'A Tale of a Whale'. 20 November 1869
52. J. D., 'The Charge of the Light Brigade (Apollo's)'. 27 November 1869
53. J. B. M., 'The Tay Bridge'. 23 April 1870
54. John Pindar, 'To My Auld Knapsack'. 4 June 1870
55. Backwoodsman, 'The Land That Rear'd Us A". 24 September 1870
56. M. W. W., 'My Washing Machine'. 14 January 1871
57. M., 'Lines on the Death of the Glenlivet Poet'. 18 February 1871
58. G. L., 'The Tailor's Protest'. 25 March 1871
59. T. N. D., 'Murder Most Foul'. 24 June 1871
60. Poute, 'Gouldings Manur'. 18 November 1871
61. Eriphos, 'Defeatit'. 2 December 1871
62. Matilda, 'To the Domestic Servants'. 4 May 1872
63. The Factory Muse, 'Athole's Pies'. 1 June 1872
64. J. Doubleyou, 'The Evening Hours, A Homely Rhyme'. 1 June 1872
65. Anon, 'Address to J. Doubleyou'. 22 June 1872
66. Will Harrow, 'Epistle to Tammas Bodkin'. 13 July 1872
67. W. M., 'A Favourite Picture'. 3 August 1872
68. Eriphos, 'Oor Mill'. 15 February 1873
69. W. T. E., 'Coals'. 22 March 1873
70. Margaret Wallace, 'Lily of the Vale'. 30 May 1874
71. Wandering Willie, 'Happy Lamoo'. 23 January 1875
72. John Stargazer, 'My First Attempt'. 15 May 1875
73. Elizabeth Campbell, 'Three Score and Ten'. 15 May 1875
74. Auld Betty, 'The Lassies o' Bonnie Dundee'. 14 August 1875
75. Mistress Lapstane, 'Ane Strikeing Ballant'. 28 August 1875
76. D. Taylor, 'Jute'. 10 March 1877
77. C., 'Rapidly, Rapidly. A Good Templar Song'. 10 March 1877
78. Lisa M. Smith, 'Only'. 14 April 1877
79. J. A. Duthie, 'Naething New'. 28 July 1877
80. William McGonagall, 'An Address to Thee Tay Bridge'. 15 September 1877
81. W. S. T., 'Burns's Lament'. 2 March 1878
82. Auld C., 'King Jute'. 7 April 1878
83. An Old Stager, 'An Epistle to McGonagall'. 25 May 1878
84. W. W., 'The Millennium of Capital'. 20 July 1878
85. Mrs Duthie, 'The Poets' Wail'. 23 November 1878
86. E. Lindsay, 'The Sack-Sewers of Dundee'. 1 March 1879
87. James Y. Geddes, 'Died on the Street'. 22 March 1879
88. D. Taylor, 'Ring Up the Curtain'. 19 April 1879
89. Per Mare Per Terram, 'Isandula'. 8 November 1879
90. Anon, 'Ketchwayo the Zulu'. 22 November 1879
91. G. W. Donald, 'Lines, Suggested by the Melancholy Wreck of the Tay Bridge'. 3 January 1880
92. J. S. M., 'In Memoriam'. 10 January 1880
93. John Rae, 'An Election Song'. 27 March 1880
94. Jacob Moon, 'An M.P. Non Est'. 27 March 1880
95. Jessie R. McIntyre, 'The Dogs of War'. 10 April 1880
96. P. Mitchell, 'Dakota'. 21 August 1880
97. Grandfather, 'Reminiscences of the People's Journal'. 29 March 1881
98. Jessie R. McIntyre, 'A Year Ago'. 21 May 1881
99. John Rae, 'Eviction'. 23 July 1881
100. Annie S. Swan, 'April Days'. 29 April 1882
101. Jas. Burns, 'Advice to Blue Ribboners at the Fair Holidays'. 24 June 1882
102. J. M. K., 'Victory'. 23 September 1882
103. G. Bruce, 'The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir'. 14 October 1882
104. E. W., 'In the Net Factory'. 14 April 1883

Poetry from the People's Friend
105. Maggie, 'The Trappit Mouse'. 4 August 1869
106. Dorothea, 'With You'. 15 March 1871
107. Surfaceman, 'Jenny wi' the Airn Teeth'. 26 November 1873
108. T. N. D., 'The Night Signalman'. 5 May 1875
109. J. W. R., 'I'll Hae My Freen'. 23 June 1875.
110. Nisbet Noble, 'The Storming of Perth'. 19 January 1876
111. James Nicholson, 'Jenny wi' the Lang Pock'. 20 September 1876
112. Alexander G. Murdoch, 'The Thistle Yet'. 20 December 1876
113. W. M. W., 'The Workmen's Cry to the Masters'. 13 June 1877
114. W. P. Crawford, 'Epistle to "Faither Fernie" (Jas. Nicholson)'. 19 January 1881
115. L. J. Nicolson, 'A Shetland Lullaby'. 10 August 1881
116. Nisbet Noble, 'Epistle to Robert Wanlock'. 4 January 1882
117. Sailon, 'A Song of the Clyde'. 10 May 1882
118. Alexander G. Murdoch, 'Song of the Clyde Workers'. 3 January 1883

Bibliography
Index of poems by subgenre

 

Cover design: Mark Blackadder.

Last updated 8 November 2016.