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This account begins, 'A Full and Particular Account of these Great Riots and Mobs that took place at Dundee, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last, the 6th, 7th and 8th July, 1830, when Three men lost their Lives, and about 200 severely wounded! By an Eye-witness.' It was printed in Edinburgh for William Robertson.
Rise Up Noble Britons, Bundle an' Go
Verse 1 begins: 'Curse on this Indian war that ere it began, / And wae to the savages that formed the plan'. There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Rise Up Noble Britons, Bundle an' Go
Verse 1: 'Curse on this Indian war that ere it began, / And wae to the savages that formed the plan; / But Britons are heroes we'll soon let them know, / That we'll seon be revenged so let's bundle and go.' The broadside carries no publication details.
Robbery of Dead Bodies
This report begins: 'An account of that woman who died in Jamaica Street, Edinburgh, on the 3d Feb. 1825, and after being coffined the room was entered by a window, the corpse stolen and the coffin filled with stones; also the apprehension of a resurrection man in Haddington church-yard with the instruments employed for lifting the dead. Likewise an account of the discovery of the body of a man in a trunk, by a porter at Pettycur while carrying it to the steamboat, on Tuesday the 8th Feb. and which had been brought from Dundee on its way to Edinburgh.' It was published by J. Seller of Edinburgh, in 1825.
Robbery of the Mail Coach
This crime report begins: 'The whole particulars of that daring Robbery . which was committed on the Stirling Mail, on Saturday last with an account of the apprehension of one of the Robbers.'
Robert Johnston's Ghost
Following on from the title, the introduction continues: 'OR his last ADVICE to the Gipsies, and other Gangs of Robbers and Murderers in Scotland. The ballad itself begins: 'Plung'd in black Darkness and Eternal Night, / For Crimes committed 'gainst Almighty Light'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Robert Muirheads Lament
This ballad begins: 'Leave of my minde why thinks thou on, / She that was once my dear / does thou not know that she is gone, / and married now I hear / what madness make the recolect / to think on such a maide / who allwife payd me with neglect / and my desinges bewraed.' The text preceeding it reads: 'To a Pleasant New Tune'.
This ballad begins: 'Confession of the Murder of his own Aunt in John Street, Glasgow. / The morning was calm, and it dawned with joy, / To the hearts of the weary, now freed from employ. / And the day it was sacred, to rest set apart, / When Stirrat resolved to pierce his aunt's heart.' This sheet was published by the printer William Carse.
Robin Rattle's Bastard
The first verse of this ballad begins: 'Saw ye Jenny Nettles, Jenny Nettles, Jenny Nettles, / Coming frae the matket; / Her fee and bountith on her lap'. The sheet was published by William Anderson, at the Poet's Box, Paisley. A woodcut of a mother and child, framed by a border of foliage, adorns the top of the sheet.
Robin Tamson's Smiddy
Verse 1: 'My mither men't my auld breeks, / An' wow! But they were duddy, / An sent me to get shod our mare / At Robin Tamson's smiddy. / The smiddy stands beside a burn / That wimples through the clachan; / I never yet gae by the door, / But aye I fa' a lauchin.' The printer and supplier of this broadside are not identified, but at the foot of the page there is an advertisment for songbooks 'sent post free to any address for 7 stamps'.
Robin's So Shy
Verse 1: 'Young Robin, my sweetheart, is handsome and fair, / His cheeks are fresh coloured and raven his hair, / My Robin is nimble and light on his feet, / To me he's the dearest I ever did meet, / But Robin's so shy: / 'Tis very distressing that Robin's so shy.' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 9th March 1867, by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Rocks of Bonnie Gibraltar
Verse 1: 'The first night I was married, laid in my marriage bed / There came a bold sea-captain and stood at my bed side / Says arise arise O young man and go along with me / To the rocks of bonnie Gibraltar to fight the enemy.' A note below the title states that ' This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee'.
Roderick the Last of the Goths, and the Knight of the Iron Visage, Engaging the Tories and Radicals
Verse 1: 'The Whigs hae taken the field, Edie, / The Whigs hae taken the field, / We maun strain every nerve, / Our Party to serve, / And force our opponents to yield, Edie, / We maun blin the enemy's een, Edie, / We maun blin the enemy's een, / While we cry 'Dinna pledge,' / Let us try to engage, / As mony's we can while unseen, Edie.'
This ballad begins: 'Come all you Britons stout and bold / Who scorns now to be controu'd / Good news unto you I will unfold / It is of brave Rodney's glory / Who always bore a noble heart / And from his colours ne'er could start / But always takes his country's part'.
Room, Room for a Rover
This ballad begins: ' Room, Room, Room for a Rover, / London is so Hot; / I a Country Lover, / bless my Freedom got; / This Celestial Weather, / such enjoyment gives, / We like Birds flock hither, browsing on green leaves.' It is subtitled 'OR An Innocent Country Life prefer'd before the Noise Claymors of a Restless Town. The ballad was to be sung 'To a New Tune', not named, and was published by John Moncur of Sclater's Close in Edinburgh, in 1707.
Verse 1: ''Twas in the season of the year, / When all things gay and light appear, / That Colin with his morning ray, / Arose and sung the rural lay, / Of Nanny's charms the Shepherd sung, / The hills and dales with Nanny rung / While Roslin Castle heard the swain, / And echo'd back the cheerful strain.' The broadside carries no publication details.
This ballad begins: '... all ye knight templars that blest round the globe, / wear the badge of honour, I mean the royal robe; / For oah he wire it in the ark where he stood, / the world was destroyed by a delugeing flood.' There is no date or place of publication.
This ballad begins: 'Come all ye knight templars that blest round the globe, / That wear the badge of honour, I mean the royal robe; / For Noah he wire it in the ark where he stood, / When the world was destroyed by a deluge flood.' The sheet was published by James Kay of Glasgow, and cost one penny.
Royal Shepherd's Happy Life
This ballad begins: 'How sweet was the time when keeped our Flocks, / In Shades of the Mountains, and Coverts of Rocks?' This ballad is sung to the tune of 'The Yellow-hair'd Laddie: Or Jenney Milking the Ewes'.
Rumour of Burking in Leith
This broadside report begins: 'A Full, True, and Interesting Account of the Serious Rumours at present afloat of Two Fish-Women being missed in Leith within a few days past, and of their bodies having been found hidden in a barrel, -- as also of the apprehension of the suspected individual.' The sheet was published by George Craig of Edinburgh, and cost one penny.
Verse 1: 'Scotland, aroused from her slumbers, / By the war-drnm which beats the alarms, / Ne'er afraid for to face hostile numbers, / When arrayed in her wild warlike arms. / Since the days of the great Julius Caesar, / Till Alma's heights stood in view, / There the Russian host did surrender, / To the lads with their bonnets sae blue! / Three cheers for the bonnets, &c.'
Russians Are Coming! Or, the Finishing Stroke
Verse 1 begins: 'The Russians are coming to Scotland they say, / Get ready old women, they're now on their way ; / Be true to your colours and laugh at the joke'.