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This memorial notice begins: 'A / Funeral POEM, / To the Memory of the pious and learned Pastor, the Reverend Mr. Thomas Paterson, Minister of the Gospel at St. Cuthbert's, who dropt Mortality Sabbath 22. May 1726.' The elegy begins: 'Jesus the faithful Sheepherd of the Flock'.
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.
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.
This report of a duel begins: 'Just published, an Account of that Melancholy and Fatal DUEL, that took place between the Right Honourable the Earl of Eglinton and Captain Gorbon, concerning a Lady of high respectibility, when dreadful to relate his Lordship was shot though the heart.' The story was sourced from the 'Greenock Intelligencer'. The broadside also contains an account of a 'Libel for Sedition'. It was published by Ale(xa)nder Dunbar of Edinburgh, and is not dated.
This report begins: 'An Account of that Fatal Duel that took place, between GEORGE MORGAN, Esq. Banker, and DAVID LANDALE, Esq. Tanner, both of Kirkcaldy, in Cardon Den, on the estate of Raith; above Kirkcaldy, on the 23d August 1826, when George Morgan Esq. Was unfortunately Shot through the Heart on the first fire, and instantly expired.' The broadside, which was priced at one penny, also includes a shorter report headed 'Fire'. The publisher is given as 'John Gullagher', and the place of publication is not noted.
Fatal Effects of Jealousy!
This broadside begins: 'An Account of one of the most Barbarous Murders ever heard of, committed by JOHN WILSON, near Dundee, on Friday last, on the Body of his own Wife, in a fit of Jealous Rage, by stabbing her in several places and cutting her throat from ear to ear, with a large Carving Knife; also an Account of the Murder of his own Infant, only eight days old, by cruelly Dashing it on the ground, and afterwards throwing it over a back Window, with the Intrepid manner in which he was seized in the act by a servant Girl.'
This crime report begins: 'Or an account of that Cruel and Inhuman Murder which was committed on the body of MARY JOHNSTON, a young Servant Girl, near Blackburn, on Friday last July 4th, 1823, by JOHN WATSON, Cotton-spinner, in the same place, who pretended to be Sweetheart. Also, a copy of the Letter sent by him in order to decoy her to the place where he committed the horrid deed, with this young woman's answer.' This sheet was printed for John Thom of Edinburgh and sold for the price of a penny a sheet.
Fatal Love! Warning to lovers
This report begins: 'A Full and Authentic ACCOUNT of a most Melancholy and Extraordinary occurrence of FATAL LOVE, which took place at Kincardine, on Thursday last ; together with a COPY of the very affecting LETTER, which was found in the young Woman's bosom after she was cut down, and which fully explains the cause of her committing this rash and fatal act.'
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.
This news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of a most dreadful circumstance which happened on Tuesday the 18th February instant, in consequence of the escape, from Wombwell's Menagerie, of the celebrated Lion, Wallace, and a large Tigress, by which melancholy accident, Four Human Beings were destroyed!!!' The broadside publisher was Menzies, and the story was sourced from the Northampton Herald.
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.
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.
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.
This account begins: 'FEMALE FOOT BOY! / An account of the Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Catherine Wilson, an interesting young woman, about twenty years of age, daughter of respectable parents, near Perth, who assumed man's apparel at the age of fourteen, and hired herself to a drover, when she came to Edinburgh, and got into a respectable gentleman's family as a foot boy'. This broadside was printed by R. Reynolds, 489 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh.
This obituary notice begins: 'FULL AND PARTICULAR / ACCOUNT / OF A / Female Miser! / Who died at Stirling on the 26th of May last, 1820 ; to which is added, an Account of the numerous curious Articles found in her House after her Death.'
This news report begins 'A Melancholy account of a Female Prostitute, who died in a deplorable condition on the South Bridge Edinburgh, on the 18th of this present month, April, 1824; also, an account of her life an transactions for the last 21 years: this unfortunate victim of dissipation was born of respectable parents in Edinburgh, and received an education fitted to adorn the sex.'
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'.
This report begins: 'FIGHT Which took place at the Dumbie-Dykes, on Friday morging, between a Tailor and Clothier and a Coachman, in respectable family in the New Town, originating in their pretentions to the hand of a handsome Lady's-maid living in the same street.' The broadside was published by Brown of Edinburgh. Although its publication date is not printed on the sheet, a later hand has written the date in as April 1844.
Final words of Margaret Cunninghame before her execution
This report begins: 'Last speech of MARGARET CUNNINGHAME before her exeution, Who was executed at the west end of the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 7th of January, for the horrid crime of poisoning John Mason, her husband, in February last, and her body given for Dissection.' The name of the publisher is not included on this broadside.
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.
This report begins: 'An account of that dreadful and destructive Fire that took place in Leith this morning, when the entensive Steam Mills on the Shore were burned to the ground, besides a number of houses and property amounting to about £30,000, besides a number of persons severely hurt. The particulars correctly given by an eye witness.' Printed by Forbes & Co., Printers, Edinburgh.
Firing Butter; or, Paddy the Valiant
This ballad begins: 'We sailed from the Downs in a ship called the Lion, / With fifty brass guns our crew could rely on; / Larboard and starboard we had a bold crew / Which no equal number of foes could subgue.' It was priced one penny and published by the Poet's Box, 190 and 192 Overgate, Dundee.
Fisherman and the Monkey
This ballad begins: 'IN Greenock town, I've heard it said, / A man there lived, who to his trade / A fisher was, a rummy blade, / His freens they cawed him Dunkey, O.'
Verse 1: 'Down in the Country / A poor girl did wander, / Down in the Country / A poor girl did roam, / She belongs to this nation, / She has lost each dear relation, / She's a poor little Fisherman's girl, / Whose friends are dead and gone.'
Fishwife and a fish-hauliers journey
This entertaining story begins: 'An account of the Comical Courtship between a Fishwife and a Haddie Carter, showing what past while in the Steam-Boat between Newhaven and Musselburgh'.