The Word on the Street
home | background | illustrations | distribution | highlights | search & browse | resources | contact us

Subject Browse Results

Your search for prostitution returned 12 broadsides

Displaying broadsides 1 to 12 of 12:

Arrival of sporting ladies in Edinburgh
This broadside begins: 'A LIST of the SPORTING LADIES, Who are arrived in EDINBURGH, from all the different Towns in the Three Kingdoms, to take their Pleasure at KELSO RACES.' A note at the bottom of the sheet reads, 'Those who want any of the above Ladies, may call for them at Moffat's Close, High Street, Edinburgh.'

Discovery of a Most Shameful and Infamous Den
This news report begins: 'This day is published, the Full Particulars of the Proceedings which have been lately carried on in that Infamous Den in St David's Street, Edinburgh; with the examination of Mr and Mrs Balfour, and 2 young ladies, belonging to that Splendid Establishment?' The publisher of the broadside was Forbes of Edinburgh, and the story was sourced from the Scotsman newspaper.

Execution of Mary M'Kinnon
This execution notice begins: '16th April, 1823; with her own account of her Life.' It was published by Mayne and Co of Glasgow.

Execution of Mrs M'Kinnon
This execution notice begins: 'Who was Executed at Edinburgh on Wednesday morning the 16th April, 1823, in the presence of 30,000 spectators, for the Murder of Mr. Wm. Howat, and her body given for dissection; with an account of her Dress, Behaviour, and Dying Declaration on the scaffold.' It was published in Glasgow by John Muir.

Female Prostitute
This news report begins 'A Melancholy account of a Female Prostitute, who died in a deplorable condition on the South Bridge Edinburgh, on the 18th of this present month, April, 1824; also, an account of her life an transactions for the last 21 years: this unfortunate victim of dissipation was born of respectable parents in Edinburgh, and received an education fitted to adorn the sex.'

Knights of the Horn Order's Address to the Fruit Maids of Edinburgh
Verse 1: 'This Nations Sins are many fold / And Scotland has no name, / Since Honours cast in a new Mould, / And Chastities a Stain. / How Men and Weomen did behave, / I'le tell you Sir's the manner, / When Wallace and the Bruce did live, / And I was a Dame of Honour.'

Life, Sufferings, and Death of Janet Fleming
This narrative begins: 'Daughter of a respectable Farmer near Dunse who was seduced by a profligate young Nobleman - - brought to Edinburgh, and kept in the greatest splendour [f]or sometime and then cruelly deserted and thrown upon the town'. A bedside-mourning woodcut has been included in the middle of the page to heighten the drama.

Luckie Gibson's Latter-Will, or Comfort to her Customers
This ballad begins, 'Now do I find to Death I'm near, / For half an hour shut to the Door, / Till I make known all that I shall, / Cause be contain'd in my Latter Will'. No publication details are given.

Lucky Spence's Last Advice
Verse 1: 'THREE times the Carline grain'd and rifted, / Then from the Cod, her Pow she lifted, / In bawdy Policy well gifted, / when now she sawn / That Death na langer wad be shifted, / she thus began...' Although not attributed on the broadside, the great Edinburgh poet Allan Ramsay (1684-1758) is known to have written this poem around 1718.

Sporting Ladies Reply to Mr Reynard the Fox's List, or Burlesque, on Them, and Their Profession, &c.
This ballad begins: 'Ye Noblemen and Gentlemen / Who're come to join the Fun, / To see the Races o'er again, / And Nymphs upon the Town.' A note below the title states that this broadside was 'Hawked by a black badger, his secretary', and that the ballad should be sung to the air, ' O' a the arts the wind, &c'. Although the publisher is not named and the sheet is not dated, it was printed somewhere in Edinburgh.

Whores of Edinburgh's Lament for want of Luckie Spence
This lament begins: 'TWice Sixteen Years hath over past, / Once sixteen more may prove our last, / Our Tender Yers in Lucky's service spent, / So pleasantly we can scarce Repent'. At the bottom of the sheet is a short verse entitled 'Luckie's Last Words'.

Young farmer's adventures with a dandy young lady
This sheet begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Extravagant Adventures of a young inexperienced Farmer from the Country, on a Wednesday last, who fell in with a Dandy Young Lady, that took him to the famed Battery, in the Canongate'. This sheet would have sold for a penny at the time of publication.

 

Return to Search page