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Destruction of Abercrombie!
Verse 1 begins: 'ABERCROMBIE came down like a wolf on the fold, / And his pockets were furnish'd with Devonshire gold'. There is a hand-written note dating this sheet to the 9th July 1832. There is also a woodcut of a well-dressed but merry gentleman straddling a barrel of beer in a cellar.
Downfall of Socialism! Death of Robert Owen!
This political text begins: 'This is a curious Article on Socialism, extracted from the Glasgow Weekly Dispatch, and the reader cannot help but be amused at the death of the Founder of that System'. This sheet was republished for J. MacCulloch, presumably in 1858, after the announcement of Owen's death.
Downfall of Spittal! A New Song
The political ballad begins: 'Come join in my chorus, true Aytounites all, / And sing of our triumph and SPITTAL'S down-fall, / For altho' to the Whigs it be wormwood and gall, / Yet the draper must certainly go to the wall'. A note below the heading states that it should be sung to the tune of 'Which Nobody Can Deny', which is an alternative title for 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow'. The sheet was published by Grant of Edinburgh, and the date of publication was probably some time between 1833 and 1837.
Edinburgh Elector's Alphabet; or A Guide to the Poll
This political pamphlet begins: 'A is for Aytoun, a radical true; / B is for Bottom, who looks very blue; / C is for Campbell, just fresh from his journey; / D is for Dudley, that dish'd the attorney . . .' Although there are no publication details available for this sheet, the subject matter suggests it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
Edinburgh Royal Highland Volunteers
Verse 1 begins: 'LET Frenchmen threat invasion great, / And a' their venom shaw, man'. The text preceding this reads: 'A SONG - - - - - - - - - Tune, Killicrankie'. An explanation of the Scots words and references have been included at the bottom of the sheet. No further publication details have been included.
Electors of Arbroath
This public notice continues: 'In a few days will be published, a full Report of the Speeches of Mr Ross, and of Mr D.D. Cargill, Mr Canning, and of Mr Gibson'. The sheet ends with the cry: 'ROSS for Ever! / AND / Confusion to all Mob Orators!!'. There are no further details attached to this sheet.
Equivalent for De Foe
This satirical broadside begins: 'Let Banter cease, and Poetasters yield, / Since fam'd De Foe is Master of the Field. / What none can comprehend, he understands.'
Excellent New Song. Young Jamie Aytoun
This ballad begins: 'BOBBY J______N. / There's young Jamie Aytoun that wins in Milne's Court, / He's a man o' the regular radical sort, / Has fourscore ten pounders, and fourscore too - / An' young Jamie Aytoun's the member for you.' It was to be sung to the tune 'Auld Rob Morris'. The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the place or date of publication.
Familiar Epistle from Dudley to Edinburgh
This ballad begins: Sir John is a dangerous man - / He was born silly towns to beguile - / Beware, oh beware, if you can, / Of the magic that lurks in his smile'. An epistle is, here, a verse composition written in the form of a letter. There are no publication details for this sheet.
This political notice begins: 'The public are informed that a telegram was received this morning, at three o'clock in the afternoon, by a friend of the / YOUNG MAN / who has been missing from the neighbourhood of the High Street'. The sheet was published by L. MacArtney of the Poet's Box, 184 Overgate, Dundee.
Freedom and Learmonth Must Carry the Day
Verse 1 begins: 'ALL honest electors of this our fair town / Come listen to me, and I plainly will shew / How impudent LAWYER, with wig and with gown'. This was advertised as a new song which should be sung to the tune 'Lillibulero'.
Freedom and Learmonth Must Carry the Day
This ballad begins: 'All honest electors of this our fair town, / Come listen to me, and I plainly will shew / How an impudent Lawyer, with wig and with gown, / By a good man and true, shall soon be laid low'. It was advertised as a new song and was to be sung to the tune, 'Lillibulero'. A small illustration of a horse and cart crossing a bridge has been included at the top of the sheet.
Gangin' a' Awry! Or Learmonth's Lamentation
This ballad begins: 'OH, gin a body meet a body / Canvassin' the wynde, / Wi' P____k R_____n before, / And Tories a' behind.' It was to be sung to the melody, 'Comin' through the rye'.
Generous and Noble Speech of William Wallace of Elderslie at the Battle of Falkirk
This speech begins: 'AT the Battle of Falkirk, Robert Bruce (afterwards K. Robert 1st.) Son to Robert Bruce, Lord of Mannia &c: being then under English Influence'. There follows a commentary by Buchanan, and two short fables translated from Aesop.
George's Clerk's Last Speech and Dying Words
This ballad is prefaced with text which reads: 'GEORGE CLERK'S LAST SPEECH and DYING WORDS on the Scaffold and at Pennycuick, with his farewell address to his beloved friend, Dundas, late Member for the City of Edinburgh; together with his EPITAPH.' The ballad begins: 'Dear, dear Dundas, I'm fairly gone, / What will be done, my friend? /Great grief will eat my flesh from bone, / And turn my enlarged mind.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Miller of Drone'. The broadside carries no publication details.
Great Gathering in Glasgow Green, Wednesday, October 29, 1834
A note below the title states 'Address to Glasgow, by Charles St. Clair Johnstone, Late of Salton, East Lothian'. The ballad itself begins: 'HAIL! Glasgow, freedom's chosen seat! / Hail to thy great heart-stirring fete!' A further note mentions that the ballad should be sung to the air, 'Scots wha hae wi' Wallace bled'. The sheet was published by Muir, Gowans, & Co, and cost sixpence.
Grubstreet nae Satyre : In Answer to Bagpipes no Musick
Below the title we are told that this broadside is 'An EPISTLE to the Umquhile John Cowper late Kirk-Treasurer's man of Edinburgh ; now his Ghaist studying Poetry at Oxford, for the Benefit of Ethert Curl'. The first line of the ballad reads, 'DEAR John, what ails ye now? ly still'.
This ballad begins: 'Attention, freens, and listen while I sing to you a song, / And tell ye what I think is richt, and what I think is wrang, / Owre a' the principal topics, I'll rin in succession quick, / And gie you my opinion o' the hale rick-ma-tick.' It was to be sung to the tune 'Whole Hog or None'. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet's Box, 79 London Street, Glasgow, on Saturday, 8th February, 1879. However, another date on the sheet, reading 'D.-2-11-1872', indicates that this is a reprint of an older ballad.
Hanoverian, and Whigs Rant
Verse 1: 'LEt Royal GEORGE come over, / We'll have none but Hanover, / With Heart in Hand and Royal Band, / We'll welcome Him all over, / Of Royal Birth and Breeding, / And every Grace Exceeding, / Our Hearts will mourn till He Return, / Our Laws they lay a Bleeding.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'Sit thee down my Philis'.
Here's a Health to Aytoun!
Verse 1: 'Here's a health to Aytoun, / Health and wealth to Aytoun; / He's the man we understan'- / Here's success to Aytoun!' The text preceding this reads: 'A New Song. / TUNE. - Carle an' the King come.' There is a woodcut illustration of two men sitting beside a huge alcohol barrel in a cellar.
Here's a Health to Aytoun, a New Song
This political ballad begins: 'The Tories they have had their day / The lang-tongued Whigs have had their say'. The chorus begins: 'Here's a Health to Aytoun, / Health and wealth to Aytoun'. A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune 'Carle an' the King Come'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Jamie Aytoun suggests that it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
His Grace the Great Duke of Argyl's Welcom to Scotland
This 14-stanza song, to be sung to the tune of 'The drums and the Trumpets Commands Me from Shoar', begins: 'SCOTLAND Rejoyce, with a chearfull Smile / and Drink a full Flass to the Duke ARGYLE / He Feights for our Church and Cause to maintain, / The Clouds is despel'd he's in Scotland again.' No publication details are given.
Honest Jemmy Ayton
This ballad begins: 'The Whigs are vaporing thro the town, / That Frank, the Barber's coming down, / (The doited, petted, grabby loon) / To put out Jemmy Ayton.' The text preceeding it reads: 'A NEW REFORM SONG. / AIR- 'The King of the Cannibal Islands'.'
Honest Jemmy Ayton
This ballad begins: 'The Whigs are vapouring thro the town, / That Frank, the Barber's * coming down, / (The doited, petted, gabby loon) / To put out Jemmy Ayton.' A note below the title states that this ballad is 'A NEW REFORM SONG', and should be sung to the air, 'The King of the Cannibal Islands'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the broadside. However, the reference to Francis Jeffrey (founder and editor of 'the Edinburgh Review') at the foot of the sheet, suggests that it was most likely published in the 1820s or 1830s.
Honest Jemmy Ayton, A New Reform Song
This ballad (sung to the air, 'The King of the Cannibal Islands') begins: 'The Whigs are vapouring thro' the town, / That Frank, the Barber's coming down, / (The doited, petted, gabby loon) / To put out Jemmy Ayton.' It is decorated with a woodcut illustration, which incorporates the motto 'ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN TO DO HIS DUTY' - famously signalled by Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Hurrah! For Francis Jeffrey!
Verse 1: 'Come, ye Electors, ane an' a', / Baith rich an' poor, and great an' sma', / And welcome hame wi' great ec'at / Your weel-kent friend, Frank Jeffrey.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Whistle o'er the Lave o't'. The broadside was published by Sanderson of 243 High Street, Edinburgh.
Huzza for Honest Aytoun
This ballad begins: 'The Whigs are vap'ring through the toun, / Wi' Campbell, counsel o' the Croun- / As if a Lunnon lawyer loon / Could ere compete wi' Aytoun!' It was advertised as a new song and was to be sung to the tune, 'The auld wife ayont the fire'. A woodcut illustration of a rather dubious-looking character adorns the top of the sheet.
Huzza for Honest Aytoun!
This political ballad begins: 'THE Whigs are vap'ring through the toun, / Wi' Campbell, counsel of the croun - / As is a lunnun lawyer loon, / Could ere compete wi' Aytoun!' A note below the title states that this is a new song, and should be sung to the tune, 'The auld wife ayont the fire'. While there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Jamie Aytoun suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
Huzza For Reform and the Garland of Green!
Verse 1: 'Let them boast of the Shamrock, the Thistle and Rose, / I sing of what's fairer than any of those - / Of the cause of Reform and the Garland of Green'. The text preceding this reads: 'A NEW SONG. / TUNE - Sprig of Shillelah'. Two woodcuts have been included on this sheet - one at the top of thistles and a bonnet and one at the bottom of a smiling clown's face.
Huzza! for Provost Aytoun!! A New Song
This political ballad begins: 'Come all Reformers sing again, / For what reformer can refrain, / On hearing the heart-string strain, / Huzza for honest Aytoun?' A note below the title states that it should be sung to the tune of 'The Arethusa', which is a traditional Scottish song dating from around 1730. The sheet was published by Waugh of Edinburgh, and the date of publication was probably around 1833.