Two volumes of rare periodicals, part-publications and pamphlets related to the passage of the Reform Bill in Scotland.

[Mostly Glasgow, 1832-4.]

2 vols, comprising substantial or complete runs of two periodicals, with appendices, and seven other works; some spot and stains, but generally good, in later nineteenth-century half red morocco; engraved frontispiece to each volume – an aquatint of William IV published with the Loyal Reformer’s Gazette; and a lithograph portrait of ‘Richmond, the Scottish Spy’, 1834 (see item viii).


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A bound collection of rare periodicals relating to the Scottish Reform Act, including a complete run of The Radical Reformer’s Gazette and sixty-five issues of The Loyal Reformer’s Gazette.

Passed at around the same time as the Reform Act, the Scottish Reform Act introduced massive electoral changes in Scotland, granting 13% of adult men the vote (previously 0.2%) and granting Edinburgh and Glasgow two MPs each for the first time.

The Loyal Reformer’s Gazette, known from issue 54 onwards as The Reformer’s Gazette was a radical periodical edited by Peter Mackenzie, author of Exposure of the spy system (1832). Aimed at middle-class reformers, with a peak circulation of 10,000, it ran from May 1831 to at least 1836, possibly as late as 1838. No complete set is known, but Goldsmiths 37685.1 is a run of 150 issues. The seven separate issues covering the debates on the Reform Bill in the House of Lords were issued as appendices.

The Radical Reformer’s Gazette, of which a complete run is found here, was a more militant publication modelled after the penny papers of Henry Hetherington and similarly issued illegally without stamps. The publisher Francis Reid was forced to shut down by the Stamp Office after issue 11. Issue 12 was brought out by W. &. W. Millar who intended to convert it to a monthly. Issues 13-14 were issued by George Murray, before it was finally shut down for good.


RADICAL REFORMER’S GAZETTE (The). No. 1 [–14, all published]. [Glasgow, Francis Reid, W. & W. Millar, George Murray), 1832-3.] Pp. 224. Woodcut headpiece to each issue (1-5 a scene with the Glasgow coat of arms, 6-14 a printing press). BL and Glasgow only in Library Hub.

LOYAL REFORMER’S GAZETTE (The), [later REFORMER’S GAZETTE]. 65 issues comprising Nos. XXXVI–LII, LIV–LVIII, LXI-LXXXVIII, XC-XCII, CXXXVII-CXXXVIII. [Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, 1832-3]. Pp. [81]-352, [369]-480, 448, [465]-480, 32, [257]-288. Woodcut device to head of each issue. First edition of issue 5 (14 April not 16 April).

Renewed debate in the House of Lords, on the second reading of the Reform Bill, Monday, 9th April, 1832. No. I. [+ Continuation of the debate … No II–VII]. [Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, 1832]. Pp. 56. Woodcut device to head of each issue. Bodley only in Library Hub (formerly COPAC).

Spirit of Toryism (The) exemplified in the brutal conduct exhibited towards Alexander Sommerville of the Scots Greys … Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, 1832. Pp. 32. Published in four weekly parts. Goldsmiths 27637. Part I only in Library Hub (Senate House) plus a second edition at Glasgow.

A Brief History of the rise, progress, and triumphant conclusion of the Reform Bill. Glasgow, F. Reid, [1832]. Pp. 16, apparently wanting a portrait of Lord John Russell. Unrecorded.

The Burgh Reform Bill, entire. Edited by William Forsyth. Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, [1832-3?]. Pp. 15, [1]. Glasgow only in Library Hub.

Reform bill for Scotland, passed 17th July, 1832. [Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, 1832]. Drop-head title. Pp. 16. Glasgow only in Library Hub.

Trial for Libel … the 20th and 22nd December, 1834 … Alexander B. Richmond, plaintiff; versus Simpkin & Marshall, and others, defendants. Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, [1834]. Drop-head title. Pp. 16. BL, Glasgow, Manchester and Bodley in Library Hub. Richmond, as spy whose evidence had led to several prosecutions, had been derided in An Exposure of the Spy System; a favourable review appeared in Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine, and Richmond sued Tait’s London agents for libel.

Glasgow electors: list the names and designations of the persons who voted in the first election of two member to serve in Parliament for the City of Glasgow … Glasgow, Muir, Gowans, & Co, 1832. Pp. 40 [of 139]. Issued in weekly parts.

The Protestant No. I [only, of 24]. Saturday, July 18th 1818. [Glasgow, 1818.]

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