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Directions from The Reform Act for Scotland Relative...

This pamphlet provides instructions on how to conduct an election under the rules of the 1831 Reform Act for Scotland. On the first page, note how the directions state that the Sheriff should 'proclaim (read aloud) the writ at the market cross'. Today, newspapers, the radio and television let us know...


Aberdeen City Election

This pamphlet describes the conditions that voters must satisfy if they are to be elegible to vote. Voters must live within seven miles of the city boundaries; property must be worth at least £10 per year. Note how taxes on a property must also be up to date if the owner or tenant is to be allowed to...


Letter to the Aberdeen Chronicle about the forthcoming...

The first page of an excerpt from a letter to the Editor of the Aberdeen Chronicle. The writer is concerned about the bias of the Tory produced pamphlet, 'Remarks on the Principles of the opposing Candidates for the Representation of Aberdeenshire'. The two candidates for the 1832 election in Aberdeenshire...


Memo belonging to Alexander Bannerman's Election Agent,...

Memo. This was attached to an 1832 List of Electors which belonged to Alexander Bannerman's election agent. The memo states: 'This list was scored from a copy belonging to the Agent in the Reform Interest. All these [names] scored were pledged to Mr Bannerman or known to be favourable to Reform.' Alexander...


Letter to the Editor of the Aberdeen Pirate about Reform

The writer takes issue with John Davidson's pamphlet, 'A Letter to the Working Classes of Aberdeen'. Davidson, a printer to trade, was a committed Reformer. The writer of this letter is disagreeing with Davidson's Tory viewpoint.


Captain Gordon, A Practical Reformer

This poster points out that the Captain is against reform rather than for it, as he would have people believe.


City Election

This list shows the supporters of James Hadden. At that time he was Lord Provost of Aberdeen, in his effort to secure a seat in Parliament at the first election after the Reform Act was passed.


To the Friends of The Good Cause

This poster is entreating Bannerman's supporters to remember to make their claims to vote before 20th August.


To the Independent Electors of the Burghs of Elgin,...

Holt Mackenzie, a Liberal candidate, requests the electors of the named towns to vote for him in the first election after the Reform Act.


Nomination of Candidates for the City of Aberdeen....

Report of the nomination of candidates for the first election after the Reform Act was passed.


Fellow Electors Beware

This poster requests that voters place their votes in support of Alex Bannerman rather than Provost Hadden.


Grand Reform meeting held at Aberdeen 18th May 1832

The only illustration of the Great Reform Meeting held at Aberdeen Links on the Broadhill, a common meeting ground.


Grand Reform meeting held on the Broad Hill of the...

A full description of the Great Reform Meeting held at the Links on 18th May 1832.


Reform and Joseph Hume

Title page and introduction to the very long pamphlet discussing Reform and Joseph Hume.


Chronicles of the life of Jacobus and A Few Last Words

'Jacobus' represents James Hadden, four times provost of Aberdeen. He was a Tory and against electoral reform. This pamphlet supports reform.

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