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My Big Wig All So Mealy and White
Verse 1 begins: 'Plain John is my name, though they've made me Sir John, / A straight-forward man, when I have not got on / My big wig all so mealy and white'. The introduction reveals that the song was sung by his Majesty's Attorney-General to the tune 'The Black Joke'.
My Friend Bill
This ballad begins: 'I'll try and sing a verse, / Or two, on the topics of the day, / And tell you what I think is wrong. / And what I think's fairplay, / There's such funny thing accours, / Now a day's that fill me with surprise.' The text beneath the title reads: 'Wretten Composed and Sung by WILFORD TAYLOR, Comedian and Vocalist with emmense success, [Strictly Copyright,]'. The broadside was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.
Nell Flaherty's Drake
This ballad begins: 'My name it is Nell, quite candid I tell, / And I live near Coothill I will never deny, / I had a large drake, the truth for to speak, / That my grandmother left me and she going to die.'
New Political Song
The text beneath the title continues: 'Written, on it being understood that MR AYTOUN had been advised by the Gentlemen of his Committee to start for LEITH, as well as EDINBURGH, in order that his return to Parilament might be secured for one or other of these places'. The ballad begins: 'Come join in my song, / All people who long / To see Pensions cut off with a sweep . . .' The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the place or date of publication.
New Song for the Electors of the County of Midlothian
This political ballad begins: 'Oh! The gallant Sir John is a Knight of renown, / And from London post-haste he has lately come down, / Having fairly got out of that innocent scape, / Of the Banners, and Mottos, and bits of Black Crape'. A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the traditional tune, 'The Young Lochinvar'. 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.
New Song on Reform
The first verse begins: 'Oh! Reform now it is the rage, / Wherever you may go; / Mr. Bright now of the present age, / The seed began to sow.' The chorus begins: 'So good people all, on you I call, / And mark what I do say'. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
New Song, Little Frosty
Verse 1: 'Hey, little Frosty, will ye no resign / Your office high, an power sae fine? / Or do you fear the cash to tine, / That ye stay sae land i' yer corner?'
New Whig Garland
Verse 1: 'I am a freeman, tight and sound, / Of Edinbro's good town, / For trade and lads of honest heart, / A place of high renown'. The song is by 'C. M'K.' and should be sung to the tune 'A begging we will go'. There is a woodcut depiction of a well-dressed lady resting, with her basket, under a leafy tree in the countryside.
This ballad begins: 'AN orator was found in Nottinghamshire, / Who for his great Parts was summon'd to appear / At Court, to give the necessary assistance there.' The text preceeding the ballad reads: 'An Excellent / New SONG, / BEING / The Intended Speech of a Famous Orator.' It was published in 1711.
Pat's Opinion of Garibaldi
This ballad begins: 'Now since you've call'd me for a song / If you will give attention, / General Garibaldi is the theme, / To you I'm going to mention.' The chorus reads: 'I was never fond of telling lies, / My name is Pat M'Salday, / He was afraid of our Irish boys, / Was General Garibaldi.'
Pil to Tonny Ashton; or, The Play-house Puld Down
This ballad begins: 'O MY Blood boiles, my Spirit's all in fire; / Passion's in pomp, nor can the Flames flly higher: / To sie my Native Countrey gone, / And English dreg lay on the fun'ral stone'. An annotation at the bottom of the sheet suggests that this broadside was published in Edinburgh on the 10th of April, 1728. The price and publisher are not noted.
Piper John, Or Bottom's Lament
This political ballad begins: 'OLD Leith and Portobello / Had once a snivelling fellow, / All in the parliament, sir, / Their cause to represent, sir, / Whose name was Piper John.' A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune, 'Buxom Joan of Deptford'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Francis Jeffrey suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
Plain Answers to Plain Questions
This broadside begins: 'PLAIN ANSWERS TO PLAIN QUESTIONS IN A Dialogue BETWEEN JOHN BULL AND BONAPARTE, Met Half-Seas over between Dover and Calais.' The sheet was published by Chalmers, Ray & Co. The place of publication is not printed on the sheet, but a later handwritten annotation beneath the publisher's name reads: '(Dundee)'. There is no date supplied.
Poem Upon the Union
This poem begins: 'Before the THISTLE with the rose Twin'd, / Our Patriots about it thus Divin'd, / Two Potts, the one of Brass, the Other of Lame, / Were carried by the Violence of a Stream.' The famous Latin phrase, 'Timeo danaos & dona ferentes', is listed below the title. This expression translates as 'I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts', and is used to indicate distrust when a traditional foe is showing signs of kindness. This saying originates from the legend concerning the Wooden Horse at Troy. A handwritten note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was published in 1706.
Pointed and Poetic Appeal to the People!
This ballad begins: 'Will the people submit to the horrid disgrace, / Than which I can't fancy a greater, / Of a Member whose nose is agee on his face, / (And his principles not one whit straighter;)'. 'Agee' in this instance means 'crooked'. A woodcut illustration of a carriage pulled by a team of horses decorates the top of this sheet.
This broadside begins: 'FELLOW CITIZENS! AND FELLOW COUNTRYMEN! We rejoice to unite with you in mutual congratulations over the happy event which has this day brought us together. Scotland is now, for the first time, in a situation which realises the aspirations of the best and most enlightened of her sons, - SHE IS FREE!' It includes a decorative border and an illustration of Britannia along with the words 'BRITANNIA, based on the Commons, throwing off the Trammels of Corruption'. According to a note at the bottom of the sheet, it was 'Printed and Distributed in the Grand Reform Jubilee Procession, by the Printers of Edinburgh, August 10, 1832.'
Prince James, Duke of Hamilton
This broadside begins: 'A Poem Upon the most potent Prince James D[uk]e of Hamilton; anent the Union, of Great Britain.' The first verse reads: 'ALL You Brave Noble Men give Ear, / A Declaration You shall hear, / Of a Brave Noble Man of Fame, / His Stile it is Duke Hamiltoun.' Written in ink at the bottom of the sheet is 'Edinburgh 1707': the year the Act of Union was signed.
Verse 1: 'Up in the mornin's no for me- / Up in the mornin' early / The Bailies and I could never agree / To rise in the morning early.' This song should be sung to the tune 'Up in the mornin' early'. There is woodcut of a comfortable looking, well-dressed man supping wine in a parlour.
Rare New Song
This ballad begins: 'NOW, now comes on the glorious Year, / Britain's hope, and France's fear; / Lewis the War has cost so dear, / He slyly peace does tender . . . ' A note below the title states that the ballad was sung 'To the Tune of CAPING-TRADE'.
This public notice begins: 'AN anonymous PLACARD having been stuck up in various places, stating that the REFORM BILL had been read a third time and passed in the House of Lords, without any opposition . . .' It was published by D. Fair of Galashiels, probably in 1832.
Reply to the Scots Answer to the British Vision
This broadside begins: 'HAIL noble Lord of Parts immense, / Mighty in Language and profound in Sense; / How shall an humble Muse thy Glory / And in her meaner Songs attempt thy Praise.'
Resignation of Ministery
This political notice begins: 'A Full, True and particular Account of the Surprising and Much Reted News just received by the this Evenings London Mail, of the Resignation of EARL GREY and the Present Ministery'. This article was then copied from the 'Caledonian Mercury' of the 29th April 1833, on to this broadside.
Roderick the Last of the Goths, and the Knight of the Iron Visage, Engaging the Tories and Radicals
Verse 1: 'The Whigs hae taken the field, Edie, / The Whigs hae taken the field, / We maun strain every nerve, / Our Party to serve, / And force our opponents to yield, Edie, / We maun blin the enemy's een, Edie, / We maun blin the enemy's een, / While we cry 'Dinna pledge,' / Let us try to engage, / As mony's we can while unseen, Edie.'
Russians Are Coming! Or, the Finishing Stroke
Verse 1 begins: 'The Russians are coming to Scotland they say, / Get ready old women, they're now on their way ; / Be true to your colours and laugh at the joke'.
Scots Answer to a British Vision
Verse 1: 'Two British Wits Conspir'd, / A Scottish Dream to Answer, / Both equally Inspir'd / With Nonsence, Punns and Banter; / Sence smil'd to see / Them so agree / In Bluntness and Stupidite.' Although there are no publication details given for this sheet, it would have been published in late 1706 or early 1707, when the negotiations leading up to the Act of Union were taking place.
Scottish Answer to a British Vision
Verse 1: 'TWO British Wits Conspir'd, / A Scottish Dream to Answer, / Both equally Inspir'd / With Nonsence, Punns and Banter; / Sense smil'd to see / Them so agree / In Bluntness and Stupiditie.' The broadside carries no date and no place of publication.
Second Defence of the Scotish Vision
This broadside begins: 'HOW stronge's thy Sense! How charming are thy Strains! / Who by soft Numbers moves our Northern Swains : / In gently Treating, with mild Words, a Peer, / Whom for unbyass'd Truth we all admire.'
Serious Poem Upon William Wood, Brasier, Tinker, Hard-Ware-Man, Coiner, Founder, and Esquire
This poem begins: 'WHEN foes are o'ercome, we preserve them from slaughter, / To be Hewers of Wood, and Drawers of Water: / Now, altho' to draw Water is not very good, / Yet we all should rejoice to be Hewers of wood.' A note at the foot of this sheet states that it was 'Reprinted from the Dublin Copy'.
Short Satyre on that Native of the Universe, the Albanian Animal
This satire begins: 'Sir, 'mong your Gifts your Candour's not the least, / In that you thus profess you are a Beast: / Albanian Animal shall be thy Name / From hence forth in the Registers of Fame.' There are no publication details available for this broadside.
Sir John Boghouse
This ballad begins: 'WHO cares a single louse, / For Sir JOHN BOGHOUSE, / Or with AYTOUN pretends to compare him? / HE's a mere Tool of the Clique'. It was advertised as a new song and was to be sung to the tune, 'Saw Ye My Father'.