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Huzza! for Provost Spittal!!! An Excellent New Song
The ballad begins: 'YE Whig Reformers all draw near, / To Aytoun'd trash ne'er lend an ear, / But join with me in a counter cheer - / Huzza for Provost Spittal!' 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, and also the name of a poem by the radical poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Although no publication date is included, a note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published by Waugh of Edinburgh.
Huzzah for Aytoun
The first verse begins: 'Come all Reformers brave and free, / All honest men come join with me, / And pitch your voice on the highest key, / To sing - Huzza for Aytoun!' Advertised as 'A New Song', it was to be sung to the tune 'The Arethusa'. This broadside includes a woodcut illustration of a man and woman - both of whom appear to be merrily drunk - walking arm in arm.
Huzzah! For Provost Spittle !!! An Excellent New Song
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye Whig Reformers all draw near, / To Aytoun's trash ne'er lend an ear'. The song should be sung to the tune 'The Arethusa' and was printed by Waugh of Edinburgh.
Imagined execution of some Whig Party members in Edinburgh's Grassmarket
This political broadside begins: 'The last Speech, Confession, and crying Supplication of Sir TURNABOUT TOPBOOTS, and the rest of that Whig Gang who were exhibited this day, on a Scaffold which had been erected for them in the Grassmarket of Edinburgh.' The sheet was published in Edinburgh on the 21st of November, 1834.
Incompetence of politicians
This ballad begins (to the tune of 'Laird o' Cockpen'): 'Oh! Hae ye heard o' an unprincipled squad / That got into out council - Whig, Tory and Rad. / I'm wae for the lads; oh! My heart it is sair / To see some wise claimants sae shameless and bair!'
This report begins: 'A Full and Correct Account of the PUBLIC MEETING of the INHABITANTS of EDINBURGH, in Rose Street Church, on Saturday last, to vote an address to his Majesty on the late dissolution of Parliament, and to petition the Magistrates to elect the Right Hon. Francis Jeffrey, Lord Advocate, as member for the City, - with the speeches delivered on the occasion. - Also an account of Mr Jeffrey's joyous reception in Edinburgh.' It was published by the hawkers in Edinburgh. It does not carry a publication date.
Interesting Case of Tory Intimidation
This report begins: 'Just Published, a Correct Copy of that Singular and Extraordinary Dialogue that took place between a young Lady and a Merchant on the Bridge, who was threatened by the Lady with ruin and destruction, if he did not vote for Lord Ramsay and Mr Learmonth.' The publisher was A. Dunbar of Edinburgh. The sheet is not dated
Is Scotland to Get Home Rule?
This political ballad begins: 'WAKE! Scotland, wake! from thy long sleep, / Thy foes with stealthy footsteps creep, / And try to rob thee of thy name, / The dowry of a deathless fame, / Which Wallace, Bruce, and Douglas true, / Left as a heritage to you.' There are no publication details for this sheet.
Jack the Coachmaker
This political broadside begins: 'Ques. Who is it that modestly proposed himself as the Successor of the Lord Advocate Jeffrey in the Representation of Edinburgh? - / Ans. Jack the Coachmaker! / Ques. Is there any human creature who honestly believes Jack to be in all or even in any respect qualified to represent the modern Athens in the Commons House of Parliament? - / Ans. Yes, one; Jack the Coachmaker.' Although there are no publication details for this sheet, its subject matter suggests it was published during the 1830s.
This political ballad begins: 'The juste milieu, the juste milieu, / From France imported neat and new, / Is now the rule on Britain's shore, / And homespun truth is prized no more! / Where once you saw the old true blue, / You now have got the juste milieu.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
King James's Letter to the French King
This ballad begins: 'KInd Lewis, my friend, / Since Things goes no better, / Here is a kind Letter, / Which to you I send, / to lay down your Arms: / For my conquering Son, / Will quite over-run / your Kingdoms I fear.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to the tune of 'Let Mary live long'.
Verse 1 begins: 'I sing of KING PIPPIN, the chief of his race, / The joy of the garden, the pride of the place -'. The text preceding this reads: 'Sung with unbounded applause by S-r T.D.L-r, Bart, at a late Whig Dinner. / TUNE - "Derry down"'. Parts of an 'Old Song' have been included at the bottom of the sheet, which was published by Butler of Edinburgh.
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.'
Laird of D--mm--e
The first verse reads: 'The Laird of D--mm--e he's gude and he's great, / He's ta'en up his head wi' affairs o' the state, / A Parliament-man he's determin'd to be, / O what wad ye think o' the Laird an M.P.' It was advertised as a new song to an old tune and was to be sung to 'The Laird of Cockpen'.
Lamentation for King George and the old parliament
This lamentation begins: 'The Tnicklarian Doctor's Lamentation For the Absence of his Majesty King George, and the old Antient Parliament'. 'Tincklarian' or 'tinclarian' is a Scots word meaning 'tinker-like'. A note at the bottom of the sheet reads: 'Edinburgh, Printed for the author R.S, and to be Sold at his Dwelling-House at the head of the College-Wynd'.
Last Speech of the Town's Officers
The title continues: '(TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL) / Signed by Themselves, / AND MAY BE SEEN BY APPLYING TO THE PROPER AUTHORITY. / TUNE - There's nae Luck about this House.' Verse 1 begins: 'NOW clerk count o'er the Council Board'. It was published by J. Booth, Junior, of Charlotte Street, Aberdeen.
Letter from a Gentleman in England to his Friend in Scotland, Concerning the Reports Upon Colonel Charters
This quirky broadside begins: 'I am perswaded, That the World is turn'd up side down, and Lies or false Reports more Credited than Truth. I could not but a little strange at your last Letter concerning States Affairs.' The 'I' of the first line has been illuminated with two thistles at either side. The letter, apparently sent from London, was written on March 23rd, 1718. It was reprinted in this form in Edinburgh in the same year.
Letter to the Author of the National Journal
This satirical piece begins: 'IN all the Lists of the Prisoners taken in or after the Battle of Culloden, I observe That none of those taken were wounded. Now, as in every Battle there are a great many wounded, and left in the Field of Battle a Prey to the Conquerors, who generally take as much Care of their wounded Enemies, as of their own wounded Men, I wish you would inform me what became of the Rebels---------that were left wounded in that Field at that Battle.' The letter is signed with the pseudonym Tom Curious. Below it is a reply from a man calling himself 'A true Modern WHIG'. It was published around 1746.
Liberal's Catechism, Dropt at the Meeting of the Fourth District, by One of the Clique
This political broadside begins: 'Q. Are you a candidate for a seat in the Town Council? / A. Yes, I am. / Q. To what party do you belong? / A. I am a Liberal. / Q. Will you have the goodness to explain what you mean by that / term? / A. I mean true liberality, which consist in excluding from all power or influence every person whose political sentiments differs in the slightest / degree from my own.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Life and History of Robert the Raven
This broadside begins: 'The British Birds of late call'd over, / A Grand Fowl bred up at H-----r, / Exalted him to great Renown, / Deck'd with a rich Imperial Crown; / He swore he would maintain their Cause, / Religion, Liberties and Laws'. 'H-----r' should be taken to be 'Hanover'. Directly under the title it reads: 'Peers, Gentlemen, give Audience, To Fable ta'en from Common Sense'.
Lines on the Dreadful Murder of Four Catholic Clergymen by the Turks in Bulgaria
Verse 1: 'You Catholics all both great and small, / I hope you will draw near, / For very mournful is the news / That I have brought you here; / It's of a dreadful massacre / That has took place near Conpore, / By which four holy clergymen / Were martyred in their gore.' Unfortunately, the name of the printer and date of publication have not been included on this sheet.
Lochiel's Warning (New Version)
This ballad begins: 'LOCHIEL! LOCHIEL! Beware of the day / When Sir Kenneth shall meet you in battle array ; / The close of the struggle looms clear on my sight, / And the ranks of the Tories are scattered in flight.' The original poem was written by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), about Donald Cameron of Lochiel (c.1700- 48), who was a highly-regarded Highland chief, and supporter of the Jacobite cause.
Lord Advocate's Address to Auld Reekie's Sons, and the ballad 'Francis Jeffrey'
This broadside is a hybrid of a public address by the Lord Advocate and a ballad. Signed with the initials, 'W.G.', the public address on the sheet praises the 'independent spirit' of Edinburgh's menfolk, while urging them to read 'the Edinburgh Review'. The ballad is called 'Francis Jeffrey' and begins: 'OH! JEFFREY! welcome to your town / She prays an' greets you as a boon'. A note below the song's title states that it should be sung to the tune of 'Johnny Cope'. Although no publication details are included on the sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was probably published around the mid-1830s.
Mary, Queen o' Scots
This poem begins: 'I look'd far back into other years, and lo! in bright array, / I saw, as in a dream, the forms of ages pass away.' A note underneath the title states that 'Copies of this splendid production can always be obtained at the POET'S BOX, 80 London Street, Glasgow'. A further note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published on Saturday the 27th of October, 1877.
Massacre of Glencoe
This ballad begins: 'O! dark lowr'd the night on the wild distant heath; / And the wild raven croak'd out the bodings of death; / While the mood hid her beams in the clouds out o' woe, / Disdaining to gaze on the fields of Glencoe'. It was published by James Lindsay, 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration.
Monmouth And Bucleugh's Welcome from the North: or the Loyal Protestants Joy for his Happy Return
This ballad begins: 'When stout young Jemmy went abroad / To fee the Northen Races / He met ten Thousands in the Road, / That swore they were his Graces.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to the tune of 'York and Albany's Welcome to England', this being a reference to James the Duke of York, brother of King Charles II.
Most Horrid, Bloody and Terrible Apparition
This report begins: 'An ACCOUNT of a most Horrid, BLOODY, and Terrible APPARITION, Which lately Appeared in the Parish of SHOTTS; AND A TRUE AND GENUINE ACCOUNT OF A DISMAL AND SHOCKING MURDER, In the very Words expressed by the GHOST itself, as faithfully taken down by a Most Holy Person, who was present at the whole.' The broadside carries no publication details.
Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals
This ballad begins: 'COME brother Conservatives, fill up your glasses, / And start to your feet with a hearty hurra! / Tho' no more we may draw our broadswords on the asses, / Our tricks and our cunning will win us the day.' The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the date or place of publication, but it does note that the song was 'Sung, with great applause, at the last dinner given by the Edinburgh Sour Milks'.
Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals
This ballad begins: 'COME Brother Conservatives, fill up your glasses, / And start to your feet with hearty hurra! / Tho no more we may draw our broad swords on the asses, / Our tricks and our cunning will win us the day.' An illustration of a haughty-looking man astride a horse that is too small for him, adorns the top of the sheet. He is waving at a mother and her two small children.
Mr Blair's Claim to Represent the Independent Electors of the City of Edinburgh
This election manifesto begins: 'He will support a true, thorough, safe and substantial REFORM of every abuse in Church and State, at home and abroad. / 2. He will unflinchingly advocate a strict and unsparing RETRENCHMENT of all superfluous expenditure, and the speediest possible abolition of useless places, pensions and sinecures, whether in the Court of Exchequer or anywhere else.' The sheet is not dated and does not carry the name of the publisher or the place of publication