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Narrow Escape of a Gentleman from Murder
This broadside contains two reports. The first begins: 'A strange and comical account of Three Gentlemen who left Edinburgh, and sailed in the ECLIPSE Steam Packet for Belfast, and having large sums of money in their possession, they proposed to sleep in one room; when scarcely asleep one of them imagined he saw a man . . .' The report is not dated, but its original source is given as 'yesterday's "Edinburgh Star."' Also included is an account of a 'DREADFUL RIOT' taken from 'a Belfast Paper'.
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.'
Verse 1: 'I love a little country queen, a village beauty rare, / With rosy cheeks, white pearly teeth and lovely nut-brown air; / Her waist is so slender, and her feet are sosmall, / Of all the girls I ever loved, my Nelly beats them all.'
Nether Mill Glen
Verse 1: 'I've wandered my ain native isle, Caledonia, / O'er moor and o'er mountain, through valley and fen, / But nae pleasure like those at the clear crystal fountain, / By the banks o' the Forth, in sweet Nether Mill Glen.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Garland of Love', and was written by James Niven, author of 'Kinninie Braes'.
New Act of Parliament
This broadside begins: 'NEW INTENDED Act of Parliament, To be passed into a Law, on the first meeting of the Reformed Members in the House of Commons.' A brief verse then appears, followed by a list of resolutions. It was printed by Menzies of the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, and probably sold for one penny.
This ballad begins: 'INto the month of March, / As I went to the North, / Beyond the Carnemont. / Far beyond Tay and Forth.' The text preceeding it reads: 'THE NEVV BALLAD. / OF THE LASS OF PEATIES MILL. / To its own Proper Tune.'
New Intended Act of Parliament
Following on from the title, this satirical report continues: 'For the benefit of Young Men, Old Men, Wives, Old Maids, Batchelors, Widows, &c. AT a meeting of several Ladies and Gentleman of this Town, held for the better management and conducting of order and regularity of Society, Mr Steady in the chair, the following Resolutions were passed . . . ' As illustrated by the reference to King William IV in the title, this sheet was published some time between 1830 and 1837.
New intended Act of Parliament
This broadside begins: 'IV W.R. The New intended Act of Parliament, For the Benefit of Young Men, Old Men, Wives, Old Maids, Batchelors, Widows, &c.' Included at the top of the sheet is a coat of arms with the motto of the Order of the Thistle, 'nemo me impune Lacessit' or 'no one provokes me with impunity'. The reference to William IV dates this broadside to between 1830 and 1837.
New Invented Act of Parliament, for the Benefit of Young Men, Old Men, Maids, Wives, Widows, Old Maids, Bachelors, &c.
This broadside parody begins: 'At a meeting of several Ladies and Gentlemen of this Town, held ior for the better Management and conducting Order and Regularity in Society, Mr STEADY in the Chair, the following Resolutions were passed . . .' Although no date of publication is included, the sheet was printed by John Sanderson of Edinburgh. There is a similar broadside entitled, 'New Intended Act of Parliament', that is also included in this collection.
Verse 1: 'Of a' the airts the wind can blaw, / Out o'er Benlomond's hill; / She says she loe's me best of a', / The lass of Paities's Mill. / My love she's like the red red rose, / That's newly sprung in June; / Behind yon hills where Lugar flows, / And the banks o' bonnie Doon.'
New Method of Describing a Military Ceremony
This ballad begins: 'THE glitter of the richly embroider'd Colours waving in the breeze. / The unclouded Sun, shedding a mild lustre over all these. / The gradually swelling back ground, covered with shady trees, / On, or under, which sat many a spectator, more or less at ease.' It was sourced from the 'Glasgow Courier' of the 26th May, 1795.
Verse 1: 'I'm one of the new police, egad, / The servant maids declare, / There's not a chap in all the force, / can sturt with such an air; / My gloves of white, my coat of blue, / My diginity increase, / And every gesture shows to you. / That I'm one of the new police.' This broadside is not dated and does not carry the name of the publisher or the place of publication.
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 Proclamation Concerning Farthingles, or Old Mr Fashoner Shiting Hopt-piticoats
Following on from the title there is a paragraph in which the 'ladies' express their gratitude to fashion, personified as Mr Fashoner (Fashioner). They say '. . . we cannot but acknowledge your kindness . . . These Hopt Petticoats is a very fine invention . . . They are very Airy and ads to our shaps.' Mr Fashioner replies that he can scarce 'shite them out', meaning he can hardly make enough of them. The first line of the poem underneath runs, 'All the inventions that ever was known'. Above the poem is a woodcut print representing the devil producing hooped petticoats.
New Scotch Ballad: Call'd Bothwell-Bridge: Or, Hamilton's Hero
Verse 1: 'When valiant Bucklugh charg'd his Foes, / And put the Rebel Scots to flight, / Full many a Gallant Squire arose / And rush'd into the Fight.' The lyrics should be sung to the tune, 'Fortune my Foe'. It was published in 1679 for T.B. of London.
This ballad begins: ?Sin? my uncle?s dead, I?ve lads anew / Wha? ne?er cam here before to woo / But to the laddie, I?ll prove true / that lo?ed me first O ony o?.
This ballad sheet begins: 'Air, ? "Welcome Royal Charlie". / Gude news we meet in ilka street, ? "MACAULAY'S cause speeds rarely;" / For ilka fae ,twa friend's we hae'.
This ballad begins: 'ADIEU, my Celia, Oh adieu! / Adieu my only Treasur!' The text preceeding the ballad reads: 'To the Tune of, Peggy I must love thee. / The Words, by Mr. Ramondon, Senior.' There are two woodcuts at the top of the sheet.
This ballad begins: 'FAREWELL to Lochaber, and farewell my Jean, / Where heartsome with thee I've mony a Day been; / For Lochaber no more, Lochaber no more, / We'll may be return to Lochaber no more.' This ballad is sung to the tune of 'Lochaber no more', and there is a generic woodcut scene of hunting at the top of the page.
New Song Called The Bold McLusky
The first verse reads: 'You gallant sons of freedom that come from Erin's island, / Come listen to a verse or two, its worthy of your smiling, / A battle was fought in Cumberland - a battle too most cruel, / It was between M'Lusky bold and the brave Anthony Suel.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
New Song Called the Bridgeton Tradegy
Verse 1 begins: 'Good people all of Glasgow, pray listen unto me, / Whilst I relate this woeful tale and mournful tradegy'. The woodcut at the top of this sheet shows an Irish leprechaun reading an outsize book.
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 of Mallinger
This ballad begins: 'As I went to Mallinger Fair / with my Battel of Bear, / I met with young Peggie, / who's Beautie was clear. / Ratting a rew.' The text preceeding it reads: 'OR, / The Female-Dear-Joy tricked of her Maiden-Head. / To a New Irish Tune.'
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 on the Dear Times
This song begins: 'Good people pay attention / To these my humble rhymes, / About the state of Trade, / And those shocking dear times'. The chorus begins: 'Things are so high, poor people cry, / Such times was ne'er before'. It was written by John Wilson of Glasgow, and published by the printer and wholesaler, James Lindsay, of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
New Song on the Dear Times
Verse 1 begins: 'Good people pay attention / To these my humble rhymes, / About the state of Trade, / And those shocking dear times'. This poem was written by John Wilson, Glasgow. The sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
New Song to an Old Tune
This ballad begins: '[VI]CTORIA's doun to Embro' toun, / The Queen o' the North to see, / And a' are join'd in heart and mind / To welcome her wi' glee'. It was to be sung to the tune of 'Up, an' Waur them a', Willie', and cost one penny to buy.
New Song to an Old Tune
Verse 1: 'VICTORIA's doun to Embro' toun, / The Queen o' the North to see, / And a' are join'd in heart and mind / To welcome her wi' glee; / But our Duke, and Peel, that sleeky chiel, / The management hae ta'en, / And honest Leith - in spite her teeth - / She's slighted been again.' The song was to be sung to the tune 'Up, an' Waur Them A', Willie'. The broadside was priced at one penny. It does not carry the name of the publisher or the place of publication.
New Song to an Old Tune
Verse 1 begins: '[VI]CTORIA doun to Embro' toun, / Queen o' the North to see, / And a' are joined in heart and mind'. The song should be sung to the tune 'Up, An' Waur Them A', Willie' and would have sold for a penny a copy.
New Song, Called the Bridgeton Tragedy
Verse 1 begins: 'Good people all of Glasgow, pray listen unto me, / Whilst I relate this woeful tale and mournful tragedy'. This sheet was printed by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow (1852-59).