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Epigram regarding mason
This sheet begins: 'An ENCOMIASTICK EPIGRAM / Upon the most ANTIENT and HONOURABLE TRADE / OF / MASONS. / By Mr. WILLIAM GEDDES, Late Minister of Urquhart'. The poem begins: 'Among Mechanicks, MASONS I extoll, / And with the best I doubt not to Enroll.' A decorative woodcut depicting a coat of arms has been included above the title.
Epitaph on Mr Samuel Smith, Minister of Newgate
This epitaph begins: 'UNDER this Stone / Lies a reverend Drone, / Who preach'd against sin / with a terrible Grin, / In which some may think / that he acted but Odly / Since he liv'd by the wicked / and not by the Godly.' A note at the foot of this sheet states that it was originally printed in London, then 'Reprinted at the Foot of the Horse-weynd', in Edinburgh.
This public announcement continues: 'On the Auspicious Match, betwixt the Right Honourable Lord ALEXANDER MOUNTGOMERY, / And the Truely Vertuous Lady, / ANNA GORDON, / Daughter to the Right Honourable, the Earl of / ABERDEEN.' An epithalamium is a pastoral celebration of a wedding in song or poem form.
Epithalamium on the Jovial Nuptials of Capt. James Donaldson Gazetteer and Observator
This epithalamium begins: 'In compensation of your Vademecum, / It seems now to be alias tecum, / Than when you call'd us Shamout Whores, / or going masked out of doors.' There are no publication details available for this broadside. However, a note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was 'Completed by a Lady of Honour'.
Equivalent for De Foe
This satirical broadside begins: 'Let Banter cease, and Poetasters yield, / Since fam'd De Foe is Master of the Field. / What none can comprehend, he understands.'
Escaped from Prison
This report continues: 'Whereas upon Tuesday Evening last, the 19th Current, Captain ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, late of the 50th Regiment of Foot (commonly called Major Campbell,) a Prisoner for Debt, made his Escape from the Canongate Jail, Edinburgh, under Disguise.' It includes a description of Campbell and the offer of a reward, and was published in Edinburgh on 21st October 1819.
Eulogy dedicated to Patrick, Earl of Marchmount, Sir Hugh Dalrymple, and others
This tribute was written by Robert Monteith, and is dedicated to 'Patrick, Earl of Marchmount, Lord High Chancellar of the kingdom of Scotland'; 'Sir Hugh Dalrymple of North-Berwick, Lord President'; and 'to the remanent Lords, ordinary and extraordinary, senators of the colledge of justice'. The first verse of the eulogy begins: 'Cretians and Grecians were deemed were, to be / Liars , of old, by antient poesie; / But Greek Phocylides speaks lofty Truth, / With Precepts grave, instucting florid Youth.' Although no date is included, this sheet is likely to have been published in the first half of the eighteenth century.
Evils of War Or, The Ruined Family
Verse 1: ''Twas Just as the sun sank down at the gloamin', / The west sky was bright with his soft setting beam; / I heard the sad song of a poor lonely woman, / As she rocked to and fro, by the Clyde's noble stream.'
Verse 1: 'Bonnie Mary in the ewe buchts is gane / To milk her father's ewes, / And aye as she sang her bonnie voice it rung / Right over the top of the knowes.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated. An 'ewe bucht' is a pen for keeping sheep in.
Ewe Buchts and The Time Of The House
This broadside contains two separate ballads. The opening line of the first ballad reads: 'Bonnie May to the ewe buchts is gane'. A 'ewe bucht' is a sheep pen. The opening line of the second ballad reads: 'Long life and good health for bold Parnell and Biggar'. A note below the title of the second ballad states that it should be sung to the tune of 'The Priest and his Boots'.
Exact List of the Battle of Dyesart, 1720
This ballad begins: 'Upon the Twenty eight of January, Assembl'd our honest folk to breed a Plea / With King George's Forces, / Who would not let them be.' The sheet was printed in Edinburgh in 1720. Although a list of those killed or wounded is promised, none appears on this sheet.
Excellent New Ballad concerning a Bridegroom and his Bride
Verse 1: 'Now if you'l but stay, I'll tell you the Way, / It's how the Bridegroom ran awa-Man, / his name is John Dinmure he call'd his bride limmer, / his Living is at Ravenshaw-Man, / And he ran, and she ran, and she ran, and he ran, / And from the Brid he's run awa-Man.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'The Race of Sherriff-muir'.
Excellent New Song
This ballad begins: 'ONE Morning as I walk'd / In the gay Time of the Year / When Sporting Nymphs do Frisk about / To drink the Water clear.' The text preceeding it reads: 'An / Excellent New Song lately composed / INTITULED / The New way of Pittcathly Well. / Or, The Gentlemans Love to his Mistress. / To the Tune of, Pollwarth on the Green.'
Excellent new Song much in Request, intituled, My Wife shall have her Will
This ballad begins: 'ALL you that would hear of a merry jest, / Come listen to what I say: / For a Woman to have her Will is best, / and always to bear the Sway.' A note below the title states that this dialogue was to be sung 'To 'its own Proper new Tune'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Excellent New Song. Young Jamie Aytoun
This ballad begins: 'BOBBY J______N. / There's young Jamie Aytoun that wins in Milne's Court, / He's a man o' the regular radical sort, / Has fourscore ten pounders, and fourscore too - / An' young Jamie Aytoun's the member for you.' It was to be sung to the tune 'Auld Rob Morris'. The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the place or date of publication.
This crime report begins: 'A full, true and particular account of BARNEY M'GUIRE, the bosom companion of the late well known David Haggart, who was executed at Stafford, on Monday the 7th of June 1830 for murder, and his Body given for Dissection.' This sheet was published by William Robertson and would have cost a penny to buy.
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Execution of THOMAS BLACK, who was Executed at the Head of Libbertoo [Libberton's] Wynd, Edinburgh, this morning, Wednesday the 10th December, 1823, for Housebreaking and Theft; and of his behaviour since his Condemnation, and at the Place of Execution.' It was published in Edinburgh for R. Forrest and sold for one penny.
This execution notice begins: 'Dennis Doolan and Patrick Redding were executed yesterday morning at Crosshill, about three miles north of Glasgow, in pursuance of the sentence of the Justiciary Circuit Court'. This sheet was published by Menzies.
This execution report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Execution of Thomas Conner and Bell M'Menemy, who were Executed at Glasgow on Wednesday Morning, the 22d October 1828, for Assault and Robbery ; together with their Behaviour since their Condemnation, and at the place of Execution.'
This execution report begins: 'An Account of the Execution of John Stuart and Catherine Wright his wife, for the Murder of Robert Lamont, by poison, on board of the Toward Castle Steam Boat.'
This report begins 'A Full and Particular Account of the Execution of W. BURKE, who was Hanged at Edinburgh on Wednesday the 28th January 1829; also, an account of his conduct and behaviour since his condemnation, and on the Scaffold.' The broadside was sold for one penny. It does not carry a date of publication nor the name of the publisher.
This crime report begins: 'Full and Particular Account of the Execution of THOMAS BLACK, who was Executed at the Head of Libberton Wynd, Edinburgh, this morning, Wednesday the 10th December, 1823, for Housebreaking and Theft; and of his Behaviour since his condemnation, at the Place of Execution.' This account was published by James Dogherty of Edinburgh and cost a penny to buy.
This account begins: 'An account of the Execution of these two unfortunate men James Anderson and David Glenn at Ayr, on Friday the 12th Dec. Their bodies were brought into the College this morning for dissection.'
This execution notice begins: 'A Full, True, and Particular Account of the EXECUTION of JAMES BELL, late private in the 5th Dragoon Guards, who was Executed this morning, at the head of Libberton's Wynd, for the murder of Serjeant-Major Moorhead; together with his confession, his behaviour in the Jail and on the Scaffold, and a short Sketch of his Life.' It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh's High Street in 1835.
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Execution of James Wemyss, Umbrella Manufacturer, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, who was Hanged there on Thursday the 16th day of April, 1840, for the Cruel and Barbarous Murder of his own Wife, or reputed Wife, on the 27th of January last.' The sheet was printed by Menzies of Edinburgh.
This crime report begins: 'An account of the Execution of John Thomson and David Dobie, for the Assault, Murder and Robbery of Margaret Paterson, on the 17th April last, with a copy of an affectionate Letter sent to Dobie's wife. Edinburgh, Wednesday morning, 9 o'clock, 18th August 1830.' This sheet was printed by Robertson and Thomson, Edinburgh, and cost one penny.
This report begins: 'An account of the Execution of Robert Emond, who was executed this morning March 17, 1830, at the Head of Libberton's Wynd, for the Murder of Mrs Franks and her Daughter at Haddington, in October last.'
This report begins: 'A Particular Account of the Execution and last dying Declaration and Behaviour of ROBERT SCOTT, who was Executed, on that part of the Road between Earlston and Greenlaw, where he committed the Bloody deeds, yesterday, Wednesday the 29th October, 1823, for the Horrid and Barbarous Murder of Two men, on the evening of 30th June last, and his Body sent to Edin for Dissection.' Publisher William Johnston, Edinburgh, 1823
This execution notice begins: 'A Particular Account of the Execution of John Baird and Andrew Hardie, who were Hanged and Beheaded at Stirling on Friday the 8th day of September, 1820, convicted of High Treason.' It was published by John Muir of Glasgow, and like most of his publications would have probably cost one penny.
This execution report begins: 'An account of the Execution of two Servant Girls, Bridget Butterfly and Bridget Ennis, who suffered at Kilmainham Jail, on Friday the 4th of May, 1821, and their bodies given to Surgeon's Hall, for dissection, for the murder of Miss Thompson, a young lady, in whose house they once lived; to which is added, the whole confession they made of the Murder on the morning of their Exceution.' The sheet was published by William Carse, who is listed as working from various addresses in Glasgow between 1820 and 1836.