Sir Andrew Agnew, two satirical poems and a hymn

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 2 satirical poems, the first entitled 'To Saint Andrew Agnew' and signed by 'Ewe', the second entitled 'The "Monstre" Saint' and signed by 'Beta'; (2) A hymn, 'by Saint Andrew Agnew!' and signed by 'Beta'.

The material was formerly bound into a volume containing also a transcript of Agnew's biography noted as having been extracted from the Dictionary of National Biography; this is shelved with the manuscript.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Andrew Agnew (1793-1849) was born at Kinsale, Ireland, as the seventh baronet of Lochnaw, and educated partly privately and partly at the University of Edinburgh. In 1830 he became M.P. for Wigtonshire and in 1832 took charge of the then growing Sabbath movement through the 'Lord's Day Society'. On several occasions he introduced a bill in parliament which would have prohibited all open labour on Sunday, excepting works of necessity and mercy, but it never passed through committee and was eventually dropped entirely when Sir Andrew failed to be re-elected to parliament in 1837. He continued to advocate his cause in a private capacity and engaged in many of the other religious and philanthropic movements of the time until his premature death in 1849 of scarlet fever.

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