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I am Going to be a Soldier Jenny, Dandy Servants, White Squall and Katty Darling
The first ballad begins: '[I am] going for a soldier, Jenny, / Going o'er the rolling sea'. The second ballad begins: 'Ye braw decent women I'll sing you a song, / Of the wit of the auld and the pride of the young'. The third ballad begins: 'The sea was brigh and the bark rode well, / The breeze bore the tone of the vesper bell'. The fourth ballad begins: 'The flowers are blooming Katty Darling, / And the birds are singing on each tree'.
I canna leave my Hieland Hame
Verse 1 begins: 'I canna leave my hieland hame, / Nor a' the clans that bear my name; / I canna leave the bonny glen, / Nor a I loe nor a' I ken'. This sheet features a more decorative than illustrative woodcut border. It was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow.
I Canna' Leave my Hieland Hame
This ballad begins: 'I canna leave my Highland hame, / Nor' a' the clans that bear my name; / I canna leave the bonny glen, / Nor a' I lo'e nor a' I ken'. The chorus reads: 'Flowers may bloom fair ayont the sea; / But oh! My Highland hame for me.' It was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration of a highlander playing the bagpipes.
I Canna Leave the Auld Folk
This broadside ballad begins, 'The puir auld folk at hame, ye mind, / Are frail and failing sair, / And week I ken they'd muss me, lad, Gin I came hame nae mair'. It was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee, and sold for a penny. An interesting woodcut of a stag standing beside an old tree adorns the top of the sheet. As with many broadsides, the woodcut appears to bear no direct relevance to the text. This was because woodcuts were reused, and broadsides were cheap and disposable - there was no point going to the trouble of making a new one for each piece. It is there simply for decoration.
I Gaed Hame Wi' Jessie
Verse 1: 'The moon was shedding lustre / O'er field and forest far, / And joyous love was streaming / Frae mony a happy star; / The merry burn was singing / wi' ne'er a thocht o' care, / As I gaed hame wi' Jessie / Frae the Fair.' The name 'TOBERMORY' is printed at the foot of the poem, but it is unclear whether this is the name of the author, or of the publisher, or of the place of publication. Beneath this, a pencil annotation has been added: '(A.M. Bisset, Bathgate)'. Again the significance of the name and place is not explained.
I Love the Bonnie Lassies
Verse 1: 'Some poets always sing in praise of bright and sparkling wine, / And say there's pleasure in the foaming glass; / Well, they may take the wine, for there's something more devine / In the smiling of a bonnie, bonnie lass.' This song was published by the Poet's Box, of the Overgate, Dundee.
I Wish My Grannie Saw Ye
This light-hearted broadside begins: 'I'm Johnny Raw, a civil chiel', / I was reared up in the kintra, / Nae doubt ye winna ken me weel, / I'm a' the way frae Fintry. / Altho' I'm boosey, yet I'm fly, / Among the lasses I'm a pry, / And after me they a' do cry, / I wish my grannie saw ye.' This sheet was priced at one penny and could be purchased from the Poet's Box. Although the address has been scored out, probably as a result of a change of premises, it did read 80 London Street, Glasgow.
I'm a Simple Muleteer
This ballad begins: 'I am a simple muleteer, not too particular to rules, / I treat the world, both far and near, / As roughly as I treat my mules, as I treat my mules, / If they attempt to give me laws, without, without good cause . . . ' 'Muleteer' means 'mule-driver'. A note below the title states that 'Copies of this popular song can only be had in the Poet's Box', and that the ballad should be sung to an original air. The sheet was printed on the Saturday morning of September 17th, 1864, and cost one penny.
I'm Afloat, I'm Afloat
This ballad begins: 'I'm afloat, I'm afloat, on the fierce rolling tide, / The ocean's my home and my bark is my bride; / Up, up with my flag, let it wave o'er the sea: / I'm afloat, I'm afloat, and the Rover is free.' The sheet was printed by J. Bowie of Causeyside, Paisley.
I'm off to Kindonald, It was not my Fortune to get her, Ilka Blade o' Grass Keps its ain Drap o' Dew, and It's a Fine Thing an Ingin
The first ballad begins: 'I'm off to Kindonald, my fortune to try, / I'm off by the first train, so kind friends good-bye'.
The second ballad begins: 'A courted a lassie for many a long day, / And hated all persons that against her did say'.
The third ballad begins: 'Confide ye aye in Providence, for Providence is Kind, / And bear ye a' life's changes wi' a calm and tranquil mind'.
The fourth ballad begins: 'Some boast the fruits o' sunny Spain, / And France wi' many a canty strain'.
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.
Imitation of the 137 Psalm
This broadside begins: 'On Gallia's Shore we sat and wept, / When Scotland we thought on, / Rob'd of her bravest Sons, and all / Her ancient Spirit gone.' 'Gallia' was the Latin name for 'Gaul', an ancient region of north-west Europe - in the vicinity of modern-day France and Belgium.
Important Strike of the Maid Servants of Edinburgh
This satirical notice begins: 'We understand that it is contemplated by "The Maid Servants Union Society" of this city, to make a "strike" at the ensuing term, with a view of obtaining higher wages'. This sheet was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh. There are two woodcuts of ugly and menacing caricatured women servants, included above the title. Along the top of the sheet, someone has hand-written '9th March 1840'
In Heriot's Walks, & c
Verse 1: IN Heriot's-Walks as I was Roving, / I met my Love, she gayly drest, / Frown'd when I talkt to her of Loving / And bid me set my Heart at rest. / How! set my Heart at rest? Dear Angel, / O tell me quickly, Fair one do? / You may go Rove on, and Range Still, / For never shall Man my Heart Subdue.' This ballad was composed by 'Mr Ramondon, Senior', to be sung 'To it's own Proper Tune'. It was published and sold by John Reid of Pearson's Close, off the High Street in Edinburgh, in 1715.
In Memory of the Tay Bridge Disaster
This ballad is prefaced by an explantion which reads: 'THE BRIDGE WAS BLOWN DOWN, WITH THE LAST TRAIN FROM THE SOUTH, ON SUNDAY EVENING, THE 28TH DAY OF DECEMBER 1879, WHEN IT WAS SUPPOSED THAT OVER SIXTY LOVES WERE LOST, AND NONE WERE LEFT TO TELL THE TALE. There are now Forty-six bodies recovered, two of which are women, and one a girl, and all identified. 15th May 1880.' The ballad begins: 'The Bridge, the Bridge, the wondrous Bridge / That spans the Firth of Tay . . .' It was written by C. Horne and published in Aberdeen.
In Praise of Antiquarianism
This ballad is sung to the tune of 'Auld Langsyne' and begins: 'THERE'S mony a chield at us that jeers, / That coudna tell you why; / But ay a smirk his visage wears, / Gin ane o' us gae by.' No publication details have been included on this sheet.
In Praise of the Gallant Weavers
Verse 1: '[missing] Gentlemen; and listen well / to a Song I'm to endite, / [In] Praise of all the Weavers / how much do I delight? / [T]o speak forth what I think of them, / for they deserve the praise, / And of their works these Garments are, / which makes pride now a days.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its own proper new Tune'.
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.
This crime report begins: 'A Full and Particular ACCOUNTof a most HORRID and INHUMAN MURDER, committed a few days ago, at Sunnybrae, Parish of Saline, in Fife, on the Body of a New Born Infant, by its own Unnatural Mother, who put it on a large Fire, by which it was nearly consumed before Discovered! / The following Paragraph, copied from the "The Edinburgh Observer," this morning, is truly shocking.' This sheet would have cost a penny to purchase.
This report begins: 'Copy of a very interesting ADDRESS to the prisoners in Jedburgh, Greenlaw and Berwick Jails, written, and delivered to a Friend a few hours before his Death, by ROBERT SCOTT, who was Executed on Wednesday 29th October, 1823, on the Road between Earlston and Greenlaw, for the Murder of Two Men, and his body given for Dissection.' It was published by James MacLean, probably of Glasgow, in 1823, and priced at one penny.
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
Irish Brigade In America
Verse 1 begins: 'You gallant sons of Erin's isle, of high and low degree, / Who are fighting in the American states to put down slavery'.
Irish Castles in the Air and The First Bawbee
The first ballad begins: 'This world is all a bubble, no matter where we go, / There's nothing here but trouble, hardships, toil, and woe'.
Verse 1: 'I'm sitting on the stile Mary, / Where we sat side by side, / On a bright! may morning long ago, / When first you were my bride.' This sheet was published by Robert McIntosh of Glasgow but is not dated.
Verse 1 begins: 'As I walked out one evening down by the river side, / I gazed around me and an Irish girl I spied'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow (1860-90). The top of the sheet carries a woodcut of a young, simply dressed girl carrying a bird cage and looking at an odd looking cat.
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.
Isle of France and Home rule for Ireland
The first ballad begins: 'The sun was fair the clouds advanced, / When a convict came to the Isle of France, / Around his leg he wore a ring and chain, / And his country was of the Shamrock green.'
It is but a Little Golden Ring
This ballad begins: 'Memory carries my fancy to-day, / Back to a scene which has long passed away; / There stands a sailor in garments of blue, / Bidding a poor weeping widow adieu.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate Dundee. / Sung with great success by Sister Lyster'.
Italian Girl, or The Brigand's Daughter
This ballad begins: 'There's a lovely little madin that I ever shall adore, / In Italy, that bright and sunny land, / My life would be a pleasure and I would ask for nothing more.' It was published and distributed by the Poet's Box of 182 Overgate, Dundee.