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Timely Hint to Anatomical Practitioners and their Associates - the Resurrectionists
Verse 1 begins: 'What is our land at last come to? / Our ancestors would weep'. This song was written by Wag Phil to the tune 'MacPherson's Farewell'. There is a small introduction to the piece and a woodcut of 'Jamie', a Burke and Hare victim. This illustration could be bought from W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh. The Editor talks about himself but does not give his names. There are also no publication details included.
Trial and sentence
This broadside begins: 'An account of the trial and Sentence of Andrew Ewart, for the murder of Henry Pennycook, in the Church yard of Libberton on the 4th December last and who is to be executed at Edinburgh on the 12th day of March next.' '1828' is handwritten on the sheet in two places.
Trial and sentence of William Burke and Helen McDougall
This crime report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Trial and Sentence of WILLIAM BURKE and HELEN M'DOUGALL, his reputed wife, who were tried before the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 24th December, 1828'.
Trial and sentence of William Burke, 1828
This report begins: 'A full account of the Trial and Sentence of William Burke this day, the West Port Murderers, who is to be executed on Wednesday the 28th January.' The execution was to take place in 1829. Burke's trial was on Christmas Eve, 1828. Unfortunately no publisher is given.
This trial report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account, of the Trial and Sentence of Thomas Stevenson, alias Hodge, who is to be Banished for Seven years beyond the Seas, for Wickedly and feloniously Stealing Dead Bodies, particularly that of Janet Moir, from the Churchyard of Larbert, in Stirlingshire, in March last, and for violating the Sepulchres of the dead.' The sheet was published by Robert Forrest in June 1823 and cost a penny.
William Burke.--A New Song
This crime ballad begins: 'Come all you resurrection men, I pray you now beware, / You see what has happened William Burke, and likewise William Hare. / Hare he help a lodging house it was in the West Port, / Where all kinds of travellers unto it did resort.' Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh, in, or around, 1829. The ballad was written by John Logan, whose name is included after the last line. Below the ballad is a clipping regarding what course of action was taken against Dr Knox, the official who purchased the bodies from Burke and Hare.
William Burke's Confession
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye people of this nation, come listen unto me, / To young and old I will unfold this horrid trudge'. The woodcut, included above the title, depicts two men, one is possibly a boy, building a scarecrow in a field. There are no publication details attached to this sheet.
William Burke's Murders in the Westport
Verse 1 begins: 'People of Scotland give an ear in this sad tale, / It will make your hearts burn, and your faces turn pale, / Concerning a deed which has lately been done, / The like was ne'er heard of since the world begun.'
William Burke's Murders in the Westport' and 'Late Murders. A New Song
The first ballad begins: 'Ye people of Scotland give ear to this sad tale, / It will make your hearts burn, and your faces turn pale, / Concerning a deed which has lately been done, / The like was ne'er heard of since the world began.'
William Burk's Execution
Verse 1: 'Let old and young unto my song a while attention pay, / The news I'll tell will please you well, the monster Burke's away. / At the head of Libberton Wynd he finished his career, / There's few, I'm sure, rich or poor, for him would shed a tear.' This broadside carries no publication details. A short news report headlined 'QUEEN-SQUARE' has been pasted on to the sheet beneath the ballad.