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This account begins: 'AT Mid-night Hours, when Nature seems to nod, / And Sleep triumphs upon the Works of God, / Tormented Souls awake, and Spirits fly abroad, / Appear'd, with smiling Face, a Female's Ghost'. This broadside was published in Edinburgh by James Ross. A handwritten note at the top reads: 'This was made on Mrs McLeod who was hanged & falsly said to appear aga[in?]'. The date '1727' has also been added to the bottom of the sheet.
Disturbance at Colinton, Edinburgh
This account begins: 'A full and particular account of a remarkable and fearful noise and disturbance, that has continued for above three weeks at a Farmer's house at Sourhole, in the parish of Collington, a few miles south west of Edinburgh.' It was published in Edinburgh by J. Morren, possibly in 1801.
Ghost of Benjamin Binns
This ballad begins: 'Keep your seat if you please, and don't be afraid, / I am only a ghost, a poor harmless shade; / I would not hurt any one here if I could, / And you couldn't do me much harm if you would'. A note under the title informed readers that this popular song could be purchased from the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee. It was printed by W. Shepherd.
This report begins: 'A True and Particular Account of the Disastrous Circumstances attending the Horrible and most awful Appearance of a GHOST, which took place in a House in the High Street of Edinburgh, on Wednesday Evening, the 17th October, 1827.' What then follows is an extract from the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle of the 24th October, 1827. This broadside was printed by William Walters, and sold for one penny
Murder of common sense in Edinburgh
This broadside story begins: 'A Strange and Wonderful Account of an Inhuman Murder Committed in the Canongate of Edinburgh, on Monday 15th of March, by James Scoogy on the Person of Common Sense'. There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Prodigy seen by John Moor
This broadside begins: 'An Account of a wonderful Prodigy seen in the Air, on Tuesday the 15th Day of this Instant May, 1722, by John Moor, at Crawfords-dyke, near Greenock.' Unfortunately, but not unusually, the publisher's name has not been included on this broadside.
Robert Johnston's Ghost
Following on from the title, the introduction continues: 'OR his last ADVICE to the Gipsies, and other Gangs of Robbers and Murderers in Scotland. The ballad itself begins: 'Plung'd in black Darkness and Eternal Night, / For Crimes committed 'gainst Almighty Light'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Strange and Wonderfull Apparitions
This intriguing report begins: 'STRANGE AND WONDERFULL APPARITIONS That was seen in the Air, over the most Parts of Europe, on March Last, 1719, but more Particularly, in SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, FRANCE and SPAIN, with same Remarks thereon. No publication details are given.
This account begins: 'The St. James's surprizing and a frightful APPARITION / Being a fearful and terrible Account of a wonderful Vision that appeared at St. James's Park, near St. James's House on Saturday Night, being the 13th of January 1722.'
Verse 1: 'When night's dark mantle has covered all / I come in fire arrayed; / many a victim I've seen fall, / Or fly from me dismay'd. / Will-o'-the-wisp! they trembling cry, / Will-o'-the -wisp! 'tis he! / To mark their fright as off they fly / Is merry sport for me.' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 1st May 1869 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
This report begins: 'Account of a Woman who was buried alive, and who broke open the coffin while they were laying her in the grave, which so frightened the company that they fled in every direction; also, a copy of the interesting Dream which she had in that state. CHELMSFORD, Oct. 4th, 1821.' It was published by William Carse of Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.