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Dumbarton's Bonny Dell
Verse 1 begins: 'There's ne'er a nook in a' the land, / Victoria rules sae weel.' Above the title a woodcut illustration of an ivy-covered, brick folly, containing a wooden bench, has been included. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of King Street, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'My name is Duncan Campbell, from the shire of Argyle ; / I've travelled this country for many a long mile ; / I have travelled through England and Ireland and a', / And the name I go under is bold Erin-go-Bragh.' The sheet is undated and no publication details are given. A woodcut of a man, of Victorian appearance, adorns the top of the sheet.
Edinburgh Convicts and Farewell to Scotland
The first ballad begins: 'Come all young men of learning, / A warning take by me, / I'd have you quit night walking, / And shun bad company.'
Elder's Warning, A Lay of the Convocation
Verse 1: '"Noo, John Macgill, my elder, come listen to my word, / It's time to leave the harrows, it's time to draw the sword; / The sheep may wander on the hill, the stots rout in the byre, / But another path is ours, John, through danger and through fire.' A woodcut illustration of a man's head has been included at the top of the sheet.
Elegy on the Death of the Late Executioner
Verse 1: 'AH! fatal Death what brought you hither, / To slay poor Archey in a fever, / An' leave the Finishers altogether, / To mourn with pain, / Thinking they will never get a brither / Like him again.' The publisher of this broadside was T. Duncan. The place of publication is not given.
Elizabeth M'Neil Afraid of the Hangman's Fa'
Verse 1: 'Sad news I have now to tell, / News of her death will gang far awa'; / She coon can tell, she kens hersel', / She'll get the hangman's fa'.' Chorus: 'O waes me, / My days do wear awa'; / I wish I were but free again / From the hangman's fa'.' This song was written by John McLean, a coalminer.
Verse 1 begins: 'God speed the keel of the trusty ship / That bears ye from our shore'. The text before this reads: 'Price One Penny. / This very popular song can always be had in the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow. / TUNE - Original'. It was published on the 24th June 1871.
English, Irish, Scotchman
This ballad begins: 'My father was an Irishman, / Born in sweet Kilkenny, / My mother was in England born, / In Linconshire so funny'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box of Glasgow, and cost a penny.
Epigram on Jock an' Tam
Verse 1: 'SAYS temperate Tam, the man of God, / The Disciple of Peace, / The Expounder of the holy word, / The Patriot's Babe of Grace, - ' Verse 2 'Says temperate Tam to silly Jack, / "These oaths are all a sham, / But, lest your conscience it should ache, / We'll soothe it with a dram."' No publication details are printed on the sheet, but a handwritten annotation has added '29 January 1835'.
Evils of War Or, The Ruined Family
Verse 1: ''Twas Just as the sun sank down at the gloamin', / The west sky was bright with his soft setting beam; / I heard the sad song of a poor lonely woman, / As she rocked to and fro, by the Clyde's noble stream.'
Verse 1: 'Bonnie Mary in the ewe buchts is gane / To milk her father's ewes, / And aye as she sang her bonnie voice it rung / Right over the top of the knowes.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated. An 'ewe bucht' is a pen for keeping sheep in.
Ewe Buchts and The Time Of The House
This broadside contains two separate ballads. The opening line of the first ballad reads: 'Bonnie May to the ewe buchts is gane'. A 'ewe bucht' is a sheep pen. The opening line of the second ballad reads: 'Long life and good health for bold Parnell and Biggar'. A note below the title of the second ballad states that it should be sung to the tune of 'The Priest and his Boots'.
Exact List of the Battle of Dyesart, 1720
This ballad begins: 'Upon the Twenty eight of January, Assembl'd our honest folk to breed a Plea / With King George's Forces, / Who would not let them be.' The sheet was printed in Edinburgh in 1720. Although a list of those killed or wounded is promised, none appears on this sheet.
Excellent New Ballad concerning a Bridegroom and his Bride
Verse 1: 'Now if you'l but stay, I'll tell you the Way, / It's how the Bridegroom ran awa-Man, / his name is John Dinmure he call'd his bride limmer, / his Living is at Ravenshaw-Man, / And he ran, and she ran, and she ran, and he ran, / And from the Brid he's run awa-Man.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'The Race of Sherriff-muir'.
Excellent New Song
This ballad begins: 'ONE Morning as I walk'd / In the gay Time of the Year / When Sporting Nymphs do Frisk about / To drink the Water clear.' The text preceeding it reads: 'An / Excellent New Song lately composed / INTITULED / The New way of Pittcathly Well. / Or, The Gentlemans Love to his Mistress. / To the Tune of, Pollwarth on the Green.'
Excellent new Song much in Request, intituled, My Wife shall have her Will
This ballad begins: 'ALL you that would hear of a merry jest, / Come listen to what I say: / For a Woman to have her Will is best, / and always to bear the Sway.' A note below the title states that this dialogue was to be sung 'To 'its own Proper new Tune'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Execution of Captain Thomas Green for piracy and murder
This report and ballad begins: 'CAPTAIN / THOMAS GREEN'S / Last farewell to the OCEAN and all the world, who was Execute with two more of his Crew at Leith within the Flood-Mark, 11 April 1705, for Piracie and Murder.' It seems the sheet was published in Edinburgh by someone called 'G.J.'.
Exile of Erin
Verse 1: 'THERE came to the beach a poor exile of Erin, / The dew on his thin robe was heavy and chill; / For his country he sighed, when at twilight repairing, / To wander alone by the winds beaten hill. / But the day-star attracted his eyes sad devotion, / For it rose o'er his own native isle of the ocean, / When once in the fire of his youthful emotion, / He sang the loud anthem of Erin-go-Bragh.' 'Erin Go Bragh' is Irish for 'Ireland Forever'.
Fanny Gray, Bold Princess Royal and Long, Long, Ago
The opening lines of these three ballads are: 'Now really, Jane, you're temper is, / So very odd today', 'On the fourteenth day of February, we sailed from the land' and 'Tell me the tales that to me were so dear, / Long, long ago, long, long ago.'
Verse 1: 'Guid evenin' frien's, I hope your weel, / I'm prood tae see you a', / I just wis passin' through the toon, / So I thought I'd gie you a ca', / I'm gaun awa' across the seas, / My fortune for tae try, / So I've just come tae see you frien's / An' bid ye a' guid bye.' A note under the title announces that it was 'Sung with great success by J.G. Roy'.
Fareweel tae Blairgowrie
Verse 1: 'As I gead oot ae May morning, / Ae morning very early, / There I spied a pretty fair maid, / Lamenting o' her dearie.' Chorus: 'So fare-ye-weel tae Blairgowrie, / Whaur oftimes I've been cheery; / An' fare-ye-weel tae Bromely Brae, / For I hae lost my dearie.'
Farewell tae Scotland for I'm awa to Fife
This ballad begins: 'Attention freens and listen an my tale I'll tell tae ye, / An' when ye hear it I am sure you'll simpathise we me, / Though ance I was as wild a lad as you see in a the toon.' The text surrounding this broadside reads: 'This Popular Song can be had at the Poet's Box / 182 OVERGATE DUNDEE,' This sheet was printed by William Shepherd of the Overgate, Dundee.
Fate of Johnny Johnson
This ballad begins: 'Let us Christian people / For a moment contemplate / On that awful crime at Whifflet / On young Johnny Johnston's fate, / At the age of thirteen, murdered, / All in secret, in a room, / Which had chilled the hearts of thousands / When report spread of his doom.' The sheet was published by William Markham Brown of 3 Davidson Street, Airdrie.
This ballad begins: 'Of praists we can offer a charmin' variety / Far renowned for lernin' and piety, / Still I'd advance ye, widout impropriety, / Father O'Flynn as the flower of them all.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee and would have cost a penny to buy.
Favourite Song, Called Lord Ely's Gates
This ballad begins: 'As I went by Lord Ely's gates, / I heard a fair maid singing, / With a bonny baby in her arms, / And all the bells in the court were ringing.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Verse 1 begins: 'My friend and I struck frae Milgye, / From Glasgow town we took our way'. The directions under the title reveal that the accompanying tune should be 'Craigmaddy Muir'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow. Lindsay is known to have worked from Glasgow between 1847 and 1910.
This ballad begins: 'My friend and I struck frae Millgye, / For Glasgow town we took our way, / When all along the road was strung, with lads and bonnie lasses gay'. It was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee, and sold for a penny.
Feeing Time and Lament for John Mitchell
The first ballad begins: 'My friend and I struck frae Milngavie, / For Glasgow town we took our way.' 'Feeing time', usually twice a year in the spring and autumn, was when servants and farm hands were employed - normally at a feeing or hiring fair.
Female Rambling Sailor, Dandy Husband, Old Mill Stream and Braes o' Gleniffer
The first ballad begins: 'Come all you people far an near, / And listen to my ditty'.
The second ballad begins: 'Come all you married women whoever that you be, / Likewise all you that's single and listen unto me'.
The third ballad begins: 'Is this the old mill stream, that ten years ago, / Was so fast in its currant, so pure in its flow?'
The fourth ballad begins: 'Keen blaws [t]he wind o'e[r th]e braes o' Gleniffer, / The auld castle's turrets are covered wi' snaw'.
Fine Big Woman
Verse 1: 'I feel so dreadful nervous, / That I'm frightened of my life, / For by this time tomorrow, / I'll be fastened to a wife. / An agricultural Irish girl, / That's twice the size of me, / Upon my word I'm doubtful / What the consequence will be.' This ballad was 'Sung with great success by Walter Munro', printed by William Shepherd, at the Poet?s Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee.