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Title : Pitman gan te Parliament

Format : song

Composer : Elliot, Robert

Production details : publisher : Richardson and Fenton
Bedlington ; Northumberland

Date : 1877

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Collection name : Poems and recitations


Election song was written in support of the M.P. for Morpeth, Thomas Burt. Burt was the son of Peter Burt, a coal miner of Earsdon. He commenced work in the pits at an early age and in 1865 was made Secretary to the Northumberland Miner's Mutual Association, a trade union consisting of 18,000 members. Thomas Burt was understandably popular in a county dominated by the coal industry and was returned to Parliament in 1874, 1880, 1885 and 1886. This is one of a number of songs by Elliot and others in support of Burt. This version however, is rather more fulsome in its political views, referring to the inequalities of the time.

This collection consists of a selection of poems and songs from 'Poems and recitations' by Robert Elliot of Choppington. The book was published in Bedlington by Richardson and Fenton in 1877. The publication consists largely of sentimental poems, relating the passing of loved ones as in 'The drunkard', or in 'On visiting', reflecting fondly on the past. There are however a small selection of poems commenting on issues of the day which touch on the political activity in the county at the time. Little is known of the author other than he was from Choppington and was writing in the late nineteenth century.


Collection description : A collection of poems and songs by Robert Elliot of Choppington

First line : Wey, lads, just keep order a bit, de ye se

Subject heading : political & industry and occupation

Keywords : elections & politics & miners

Period : 1861-1900

Held by : South Shields Library

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of South Shields Library


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