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Britain's Triumph; Or, The Dutch Well Dressed
Verse 1 begins: 'BRITANNIA still triumphs, still Queen of the Main, / In defiance of Holland, of France, and of Spain'. The text preceding text reads: 'A SONG OCCASIONED BY ADMIRAL DUNCAN'S VICTORY OVER THE DUTCH. / Tune, "In the Garb of Old Gaul", &c'.
Britannia, the Pride of the Ocean
Verse 1: 'Britannia, the gem of the ocean, / The star of the brave and the free, / The shrine of a patriots devotion, / Old England my homage to thee. / Thy banner makes tyranny tremble, / When liberty has cause in the view, / Thy banner makes tyranny tremble, / Whilst borne by the red, white, and blue.' This broadside was priced at one penny and published on Saturday, 6th September 1856, by the Poet's Box. The town of publication has been obscured, but was probably Glasgow.
This poem begins: 'WHAUR Neidpath's wa's wi' pride look doon / Upon a guid auld burgh toun, / A crankie cratur' leev'd langsyne, / Amang the guid auld freen's o' mine'. The text preceding this reads: 'RECITATION / AS RECITED BY A. ROBB, LATE OF THE 42nd REGIMENT / SCOTCH RECITER AND STORY TELLER'. The body of text is contained in a decorative woodcut border.
Broken Down Saint I Shall Be
This ballad begins: 'I'm a man so religious & yet full of trouble, / This world I'm afraid is all squeak and bubble, / In trying to part the wheat from the stubble, / What a row they kick up to be sure'. It is to be sung to the tune of 'What Can the Matter Be?'
Broth av a Boy
This ballad begins: 'I am one that bears an illigant name, / And who dare say 'tis not; / I was born one day in Limerick town, / In a neat little mud-built cot.' It was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Brutal Assault and Murder!
This crime report begins: 'An Acoount of a most Brutal Assault, committed on a young woman, to the great effusion of her blood, in a field of the Glasgow Road, on Saturday evening last, May 22, 1830, and the Miscreant seized and lodged in the Police Office. Together, with further particulars of Murdoch Grant, Pedlar, at Assynt, and the apprehension of a young man named M'Leod, who was lodged in Jail, on strong suspicions of being concerned in this horrid transaction.' This report was sourced from the 'Observer' and published by the 'Inverness Courier'.
This ballad begins: ' They sailed away in a gallant barque, / Bob Neil and Jess M'Bride, / They ventured all on the bounding oak, / That danced (dances) on the silvery tide . . . ' A note below the title states that this ballad was sung to the tune of 'John Grumlie'. Another note, this time located at the bottom of the sheet, states it was published on the Saturday morning of 11th July 1857.
Building Castles in the Air
Verse 1 begins: 'The bonnie, bonnie bairn, wha sits poking the ase, / Glowering in the fire wi' his wee roun' face'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. The illustration over the title is a woodcut of a little boy cuddling a goat, in what appears to be a yard.
This ballad begins: 'Bully Stot can blend a lance, / Imitate the folk o' France, / Cares no a birse for Queen or law, / Fain wad whuff our Kirk awa'. The chorus begins: 'Bully Stot's i' the jail, / Bully Stot's i' the jail'. It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh and probably sold for one penny.
Bundle and Go
Verse 1: 'The winter is gane, love, the sweet spring again, love, / Bedecks the blue mountain and gilds the dark sea, / Gie'en birth to the blossom, and bliss to the bosom, / And hope for the future to you love, an' me. / For far to the west, to the land of bright freedom, / The land where the vine and the orange trees grow, / I fain would conduct thee, my ain winsome dearie - / Then hey, bonnie lassie, will you bundle and go?'
Burial of Mr Gladstone
The introductory text reads: 'A New Poem, composed May 1898, by Sir WM. TOPAZ. M'GONAGALL, Poet, Kinght of the White Elephant, Burmah, No. 21 Lothian Street, Edinburgh.' The poem itself begins: 'Alas! The people now do sigh and moan, / For the loss of Wm. Ewart Gladstone'. It has been signed by the poet. Gladstone was a former British Prime Minister.
Burke and Hare trials
This crime report begins: 'Execution, Confession, and a list of all the Horrid Murders committed by Burke, also the decision of Hare's Case / List of the 16 Murders committed by Burke'. Two woodcuts, one of Burke on the left and one of Hare on the right have been included. The bottom of the sheet also carries a woodcut of Daft or Poor Jamie, one of their victims. The sheet was published by Glass of 9 South Niddry Street, Edinburgh.
Burking Shop Destroyed
This broadside report begins: 'A particular Account of the Extraordinary Demolition of an Anatomical Theatre, at Aberdeen, on Monday last, the 19th December, 1831, which was Burnt and erazed to the ground, in consequence of the sagacity of a Dog.' The sheet was printed in 1831 by Menzies of Edinburgh, and cost one penny.
This report begins: 'Full copy of the Curious Papers which were found under a flag stone at the General Cleaning of the City, near Burke's house, where you have the names of those who were murdered, and sold by him. Together with the prices, and the sums received for each subject.' This sheet was published by Forbes and Co., Printers, Edinburgh.
Burning of Anne Fogget
This execution notice begins: 'THE LAST / SPEECH / AND / CONFESSION / OF / Anne Fogget, Burnt for the Murder of her Husband Abraham Fogget / Who was Executed at York September 10 1716.' This sheet was published by Margaret Reid of Edinburgh.
Burning of the Montreal and loss of Three Hundred Scotch Emigrants
This ballad is sung to the tune of 'Flowers of the Forest' and begins: 'You people of Scotland I pray give attention, / A sad dismal story I soon shall let you hear, / Of the dreadful burning of the Steamship the Mon'real / For Montreal in Canada her course she did steer.' A woodcut illustration is included at the top of this sheet.
Burns and Highland Mary
This ballad begins: 'In green Caledonia there ne'er were two lovers, / Sae enraptured and happy in each others arms, / As Burns the sweet bard and his dear Highland Mary, / And fondly and sweetly he sang of her charms.' A note at the foot of this sheet states it was published by 'Moore, Printer, Cheapside, Belfast'.
Burns and his Highland Mary
This ballad begins: 'IN green Caledonia there ne'er were twa lovers, / Sae enraptured and happy in each ither's arms ; / As Burns the sweet bard, and his dear Highland Mary.' Included at the top of the sheet is a small illustration of a lyre surrounded by foliage and musical notation.
Burns and his Highland Mary and Gae Bring tae me a Pint o' Wine
The first of these pieces begins: 'In green Caledonia there ne'er were twa lovers / Sae enraptured and happy in each ither's arms, / As Burns the sweet bard and his dear Highland Mary / And fondly and sweetly he sang o' her charms.' A simple woodcut of three children sitting on a fence decorates the top of the sheet.
Burns and Tannahill
Verse 1: 'Our poets noo are turnin' scarce, / Of that we a' can tell, / Though mony a chap may write a verse / That only suits himsel'. / But though they paint the flowery spring / And bonnie sparkling rill, / They haena got the pith to sing / Wi' Burns and Tannahill.'
Burns, Old Scotland's Son of Song
This ballad begins: 'Burns, Old Scotland's Son of Song, / Thine was the grand, the magic lyre, / That filled the homes of Caledon, / With strains all nations do admire.'
This ballad begins: 'Ques. WHy must our Councellors be fools? / Ans. 'Cause then they're fittest to be tools. / Q. And what supplies their want of sense? / A. Their want of bread and Conscience.' The broadside carries no date or place of publication.
Butcher's Greasy Van
Verse 1: 'In Glasgow's famous streets, / Some little boys began, / To amouse themselves, as all kids would, / With the butcher's greasy van. / "It shall not be," the butcher cries; / I'll chap each little rascal's head," / He cried with indignation; / The butcher he ran down the street, / The bobby there he chanced to meet, / And he charged him to the station.' The ballad was to be sung to the air 'The Battle of Stirling Bridge'. It was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee, priced one penny.
Buudle [Bundle] an' Go
Verse 1 begins: 'Clyde's bonny hills whar the heather was blooming / An' laddies and lassies lang lo' a' the day'. This sheet is numbered 35 in the publisher's sequence. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
By Electric Telegraph: Rumoured Death of the Duke of Wellington
This report begins: 'At an early hour yesterday evening the following intelligence reached town by electric telegraph, taken from a sixth edition of the Sun:- "His Grace the Duke of Wellington expired at half-past three this (Tuesday) afternoon at Walmer-Castle."' The broadside was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh, and the report was apparently taken from the 'Edinburgh Witness', which in turn had the 'Sun' newspaper as the source of the story. It is dated Wednesday, September 15th 1852, and at the foot of the broadside a handwritten annotation has added 'Confirmed by Electric Telegraph of Today - 15 September'.
By Royal Command
This satirical notice continues: 'THE following Rules and Regulations have been drawn up for the purpose of putting down all forms of sin and vice:- / 1. No one to be out after dark'. The Royal coat-of-arms has been included at the top of the page and the whole piece is contained within a border.