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TITLE
Two songs celebrating the extension of the franchise to working-class men
EXTERNAL ID
Z_QZP40_2915_P021
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
8941
KEYWORDS
suffrage
elections
politics
politicians
trade unions
Two songs celebrating the extension of the franchise to working-class men

These songs, "The Flag of Labour" and "The Workman on the Lookout", celebrate the extension of the franchise to working-class men, as a result of the Ballot Act, 1867), and the new freedom this accorded them. Both were published in Inverness in the run-up to the General Election of 1874 by 'Son of Toil' (possibly Christopher Taggart) and criticise the position of MacKintosh of Raigmore. He was one of two Liberal candidates to stand for this seat although he was portrayed as having more Whiggish, or Conservative, principles.

In the final verse of "The Workman on the Lookout" the author hails Raigmore's opponent, Charles Fraser MacKintosh of Drummond:

"For the brows of brave Drummond may liberty twine
The shamrock, rose, thistle, and vine;
Charles Fraser MacKintosh will sign the decree
That tear chains off the workmen, and bid them free."

The result of the election for the Inverness Burghs seat (comprising Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Fortrose) was:
Fraser MacKintosh (independent Liberal) 1134
MacKintosh of Raigmore (Liberal) 879
MacKintosh of Holme (Conservative) 16.

In the election as a whole the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats

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Two songs celebrating the extension of the franchise to working-class men

1870s

suffrage; elections; politics; politicians; trade unions

Highland Libraries

Papers relating to the political career of Charles Fraser Mackintosh

These songs, "The Flag of Labour" and "The Workman on the Lookout", celebrate the extension of the franchise to working-class men, as a result of the Ballot Act, 1867), and the new freedom this accorded them. Both were published in Inverness in the run-up to the General Election of 1874 by 'Son of Toil' (possibly Christopher Taggart) and criticise the position of MacKintosh of Raigmore. He was one of two Liberal candidates to stand for this seat although he was portrayed as having more Whiggish, or Conservative, principles. <br /> <br /> In the final verse of "The Workman on the Lookout" the author hails Raigmore's opponent, Charles Fraser MacKintosh of Drummond:<br /> <br /> "For the brows of brave Drummond may liberty twine<br /> The shamrock, rose, thistle, and vine;<br /> Charles Fraser MacKintosh will sign the decree<br /> That tear chains off the workmen, and bid them free."<br /> <br /> The result of the election for the Inverness Burghs seat (comprising Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Fortrose) was:<br /> Fraser MacKintosh (independent Liberal) 1134<br /> MacKintosh of Raigmore (Liberal) 879<br /> MacKintosh of Holme (Conservative) 16.<br /> <br /> In the election as a whole the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats