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Waes Me for Prince Charlie
The ballad begins: 'A wee bird cam to our ha' door, / It warbled sweet and clearly; / And aye the o'ercome o' its sang, / Was "Waes me for Prince Charlie"!' A note under the title states that the lyrics should be sung to the famous air, 'Bonny House o' Airley', which was a traditional Jacobite song. The word 'waes' means 'woes'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Wait Till the Clouds Roll By, 'The Song of the Emigrant and Norah Magee
The first ballad begins: 'Jenny, my own true loved one, / I'm going far from thee'.
'The Song of the Emigrant' begins: 'I'm lying on a foreign shore, / An' hear the birdies sing'.
The final ballad on this sheet, Norah Magee', begins: 'Norah, dear Norah, I can't live without you, / What made you leave me to cross the wide sea?'
The sheet was published in Alexandria, outside Glasgow, by C.R. Gilchrist & Sons.
Verse 1: 'O cease ye a while ye winds to blow, / O cease ye murmuring streams to flow! / Be still! Be hush'd every rude noise! / I think I hear my true Love's voice.' The broadside was published by McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow. It is illustrated with a woodcut of a Scottish soldier.
Warning to all Young Lovers
This execution notice begins: 'Being the Last Dying Speech and Confession of these two unhappy lovers, JOHN CAMAISH and CATHERINE KINRADE . . . For . . . Murder of Mrs Camaish.' This sheet was published by John Muir of Glasgow.
Warning to the Public
This report begins: 'A WARNING To the public; being a lamenable instance of gronudless Suspicion. An account of the melancholy death of Mary M'Intyre who being innocently accused of finding and keeping up four £5 notes belonging to her master a Manufacturer in Paisley.'
Warning to the Wicked, or, Margaret Dickson's Welcome to the Gibbet
This broadside begins with an invocation followed by a narrative, and ends with an admonition. The invocation begins: 'Ye Sons of Satan, Candidates of Hell, / Listen unto the serious Truths I tell'. The narrative begins: 'I With this hellish Wretch's Life begin / A black Account, yet bright Display of Sin'.
Watty and Meg
This ballad begins: 'KEEN the frosty winds were blawing, / Deep the snaw had wreathed the ploughs, / Watty, waried a' day sawing, / Daunert down to Mungo Blue's.' It was printed and sold by John Sanderson in Edinburgh.
Watty and Meg, or the Wife Reformed
This ballad begins: 'KEEN the frosty winds were blawing, / Deep the snaw had wreathed the ploughs, / Watty, waried a' day sawing, / Daunert down to Mungo Blue's.' Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration of a man and woman.
We Are Brethren A'
Verse 1 begins: 'A happy bit hame this auld world would be, / If men when they're here, could mak' shift to agree'. This song should be sung to its original tune and was sold for a penny a sheet. It was published by the Poet's Box of 80 London Street, Glasgow.
Weasel Uncas'd, or the In and Outside of a Priest Drawn to the Life
Verse 1: 'A Protestant Priest, a Man of great Fame, / To be Rich and Great was his only Aim, / It was Dr Weasel, the very same, / Which no body can deny.'
Wedding at Crosscauseway
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that Funny and Laughable WEDDING that took place in Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, on Tuesday Evening, the 15th March 1815, between a young Dashing Highland Lad, and a well known Old Lady of that place.' Unfortunately, no publication details have been included, although handwritten at the top of the sheet is the date, '20 March, 1825'.
Wedding of Mary Ritchie and Peter Murphy
This humorous broadside begins: 'A particular Account of the comical Wedding of Mary Ritchie, a YOUNG MAID of 45, and Peter Murphy, a lusty YOUTH of 73, which took place on Thursday last in a Village near Edinburgh . . . to which is added an Account of a bloody Battle that was fought at the End of the Marriage Feast'. It was published by T. Duncan of the Saltmarket, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Wedding of the Queen
This ballad begins: 'What a great day of rejoycing was Monday, / Sic joys in our town was ne'er seen, / Ilk lord and lady were buskit, / An' shone like unto a new preen.' It is to be sung to the tune of 'Fie, let us a' to the Bridal' and was printed by Menzies of Bank Street, Edinburgh. A woodcut of a woman and man, apparently the worse for alcohol, adorns the top of the sheet. The subject matter dates the sheet to 1840.
This epithalamium begins: 'A WEDDING SONG ON The Right Honourable, The Earl of WEEMS, and Mrs. Jannet Charters now Countess of WEEMS.' The song begins: 'WHEN Adam first was plac'd in Paradice, / His Spouse he mist, tho' other Happiness / Did so abound, over all Creatures he.'
This ballad begins: 'THE beauty new of Edinburgh town, / She's Chang'd her Colour into Brown, / After it's so long Preservation, / She likes to pass out of this Nation . . . ' Below the title, it is recorded that this wedding song was to celebrate 'the marraige of John Brown, merchant in Holland, and Margaret Hepburn, daughter to the Laird of Bairfoot, solemnized 28 of July 1714'.
Wedding song of Gibbie and Marjorie
This ballad begins: 'Come all good People, give an Ear / unto these Lines I've penn'd: / It's of an ancient honest Man, / near Four Score Years and Ten.' A note following the title states that this couple 'were married in Edinburgh, on the 13th of June 1718; their Ages One Hundred and Sixty years', and that the ballad should be sung to the tune, 'The old Woman poor and blind'.
Wedding Song Upon The Famous Tincklarian Doctor William Mitchel, and Ann Stewart
This ballad begins: 'Who can Sufficiently approve, / Of the Fam'd Doctor's Wit and Love, / Who sometime e're his former wife, / To Death resign'd had her Life . . . ' 'Tincklarian' means 'tinker-like'.
Wee Lassie Sitting at the Door
This ballad begins: 'There is a wee lassie sitting at the door a' her lane, / And the wee thing is sabbing unco sair, / For their's nane nane kens the wee weariet wane, / Couren in frae the cold on the stair. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut portrait of a young woman.
Week After the Fair
Verse 1 begins: 'O John what's this ye've done John, / Yer head this morning's sair'. The woodcut above the title displays a well-dressed couple sitting in a parlour playing cards. Despite the rough nature of the illustration, the lady looks out of the scene to catch the reader's eye and engage them. This is a classic artist's trick.
Week After the Fair
Verse 1: 'Oh! John, what's this you've done, John, / You're head this morn's sair, / You're rigs ye've carried on, John, / The hale week of the Fair. / It's now you're in the horrors, John, / And in them you may be, / This day O cou'dna help ye, John, / Although ye were to dee.'
We've Aye Been Provided For
Verse 1 begins: 'Sit ye down here, my cronies, and gie us your crack, / Let the wind tak the care o' this life on its back'. The song should be sung to an original tune and would have cost a penny to buy. It was published on Saturday morning, 27th November, 1869, by the Poet's Box of 80 London Street, Glasgow.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Verse 1: 'When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah! hurrah! / We'll give home a cheery welcome then hurrah hurrah; / The men will cheer the boys will shout, the ladies they will all turn out, / We'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.' This broadside carries no publication details.
When the Kye Come Hame
Verse 1: 'Come all ye jolly shepherds, / That whistle through the glen, / I'll tell you o' a secret / What is the greatest bliss / That the tongueo' man can name? / 'Tis to woo a bonnie lassie / When the kye come hame.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated. 'Kye' means 'cows'.
Where did you get that hat?
This ballad begins: The way I came to wear this hat / Is very strange and funny, / Grandfather died and left to me / His property and money.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Price one penny. / Can be had at the Poet's Box Overgate, Dundee.'
Where has Scotland Found Her Fame
Verse 1: 'Where has Scotland found her fame, / Why is she enshrined in story, / By the deed of many a name, / Sing the theme of deathless story. / By her mountains wild and grand, / By her lakes so calmly flowing, / By her peace that rules the land; / And her hearts so truly glowing.' The publication details of this broadside have been obscured.
Where is my Nancy?
Verse 1: 'A charming young creature named Nancy Barr, / Nancy Barr, lived with her ma; / Of fair ones, oh! she was the fairest by far, / A charmer bewitching and smart. / No dicky-bird singing up in the sky, / In the sky. Was more happy than I, / But to happiness now I have said "goodbye," / For to pieces she's broken my heart!' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was published on Saturday, 4th December 1869, by the Poet's Box in Glasgow, priced at one penny.
Whiggery's Withered Trunk Put Forth a Leaf
This political report begins: 'THE County of Roxburgh was already tired with the foolish, bombastic, and unmeaning effusions of sciolistic and shallow witted politicians; the walls had been covered with Placards containing recitals and re-recitals of circumstances which had no existence, save in the imaginations of their authors . . .' The author is named as 'A LOOKER ON' and the sheet is dated 5th September 1832. There are no further publication details given. 'Sciolistic', which appears in the first sentence, is a word referring to someone with unjustified pretensions to knowledge.
Whigs and Radicals
The first verse reads: 'Come voters now, come every one, / Vote for Campbell as fast's you can; / Don't let a Tory into the chair, / For he'll lead you into a snare.' The chorus begins: 'Campbell is coming, Hurrah! Hurrah!' It was composed by John McLean, 'Coal-miner, and Poet Laureate to his Baccanalian Majesty', and includes a woodcut illustration of a mounted soldier.
This crime report begins: 'An Account of the Trial and Sentence of THOMAS HAY, for Stabbing Wiiliam Moffat, in Leith, on the 18th of July last, and who was, this day, publicly whipped through that Town.'
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Trial and Sentence of ALEXANDER M'KAY, and WILLIAM M'DONALD, for Assult and Stabbing on the Streets of Edinburgh ; the former of whom is to be Publicly Whipped, on a Platform at the head of Libberton's Wynd, on Wednesday the 27th July, 1825, at one o'Clock afternoon, and to be afterwards Banished for Seven years ; and M'Donald to be confined in Bridwell for Twelve months, at Hard Labonr.' The broadside was published in Edinburgh by William Robertson, and sold for a penny.