English ballads

Disasters

'Disasters' contains the following 26 items:

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Lines written on the loss the steam ship Cere [ID: 74891257]

" ... on heh [sic] passage from London to Dublin on the 10th of November on the coast of Wexford". First line reads: All you that has a feeling hart [sic] I hope you will attend. In one column with a woodcut above the title. The steamship is in fact called 'Ceres'.

Printer: Brereton, P., printer in Dublin

Date printed: 1866

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Lines written on the loss the steam ship Cere [ID: 74891260]

" ... on her passag [sic] from London to Dublin on the 10th of November on teh [sic] coast of Wexford". First line reads: All you that has a feeling hart [sic] I hope you will attend. In one column with a woodcut above the title. The steamship is in fact called 'Ceres'.

Printer: Brereton, P., printer in Dublin

Date printed: 1866

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Lament on the destruction of the Ocean Monarch! [ID: 74891296]

Two ballads. Lament on the destruction of the Ocean Monarch - first line reads: All you who have a heart to feel, come listen unto me. There's a good time coming boys - first line reads: There's a good time coming, boys. In two columns with a woodcut above the first.

Printer: Harkness, John, b. 1814

Date printed: 1848

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Lines on the railway collision at Burscough Junction [ID: 74891362]

" ... by which eight persons met their death, and forty injured". First line reads: Another sad accident we must relate. In two columns.

Date printed: 1880

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Thomas and Nancy [ID: 74891791]

First line reads: The boatswain's shrill whistle had sounded. In one column. Tune: - Gallant hussar.

Date printed: 1860

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Thomas and Nancy [ID: 74891794]

Thomas and Nancy - first line reads: The boatswain's shrill whistle had sounded. Johnny Cope - first line reads: Cope sent a letter frae Dunbar.

Date printed: 1860

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Sorrowful lamentation of Ship Eliza boun [sic] from Belfast to Qeebeck [sic] leaden [sic] with 200 passengers [ID: 74892256]

First line reads: Come all you men and weman [sic] that lives in Ireland. In one column with a geometric pattern woodcut above the title. There is a variant with a woodcut of a fish swallowing a man(?): Crawford.EB.1845.

Printer: Brereton, P., printer in Dublin

Date printed: 1870

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Loss of the Amphitrite [ID: 74892463]

Loss of the Amphitrite - first line reads: Come list, you gallant Englishmen, who ramble at your ease. The Highland minstrel boy - first line reads: I hae wander'd mony a night in June. The Highland minstrel boy: Sung by Mr. Anderson.

Printer: Walker, George, printer at North Shields

Date printed: 1833

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Terrible loss of life in a coal mine [ID: 74892802]

" ... on Tuesday March 12th, a fearful explosion took place at Unity Brook Pit Kearsley, near Bolton, causing immence [sic] destruction and loss of life 43 men and boys were killed, 26 being married men, who have left 26". The disaster happened on March 12, 1878. First line reads: Down in the coal mine's dismal gloom. In two columns.

Printer: White, John, printer in Liverpool

Date printed: 1878

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Launch the life boat [ID: 74892958]

Launch the life boat - first line reads: Hark! the storm spirit is abroad on the night. I don't mean to tell you her [name] - first line reads: Where grow the sweetest of flowers.

Date printed: 1850

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Westerton and victory [ID: 74892976]

" ... Belgravia and glory". Dated in pencil at foot of sheet: 1855. Westerton and victory - first line reads: Have you heard of the rumpus there was I declare. The wonderful crocodile - first line reads: Now list ye landsmen all to me.

Printer: Stocks, printer in Islington

Date printed: 1855

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New song called Willy Leonard [ID: 74893384]

First line reads: It was early one morning Willy Leonard/ arose. In one column with a woodcut above the title.

Date printed: 1830

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Earthquake did not arrive [ID: 74893429]

First line reads: It was on the sixteenth day of March. Tune: - Nix my dolly. In two columns.

Printer: Birt, Thomas, fl. 1824-1841

Date printed: 1842

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Awful railway accident [ID: 74893609]

" ... Breaking of a bridge over the River Tay Destruction of a passenger train, great loss of life". First line reads: In many a Scottish town to-day. In two columns with an illustration above the title.

Printer: White, John, printer in Liverpool

Date printed: 1880

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Grace Darling [ID: 74893717]

First line reads: I pray give attention to what I will mention. In two columns. In prose and verse with a woodcut beneath the title.

Author: Morgan, John

Date printed: 1838

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New song on the melancholy loss of the emigrant ship, Anglo-Saxon [ID: 74893867]

" ... On her passage to America". The Anglo-Saxon was wrecked on the 27th April 1863. First line reads: I call on every Irishman to listen to my song.

Date printed: 1863

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Fearful sufferings at sea [ID: 74894089]

" ... Lad killed and eaten. A fearful tale of suffering and shipwreck has just come to light, by the landing of three of the men at Falmouth, by a German barque. They were part of the crew of the yacht 'Mignonette' bound for Australia". The events on the 'Mignonette' took place in 1884. First line reads: Just for a few moments your attention I crave. Air: Driven from home.

Date printed: 1884

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Bay of Biscay, o [ID: 74894290]

Two ballads. The bay of Biscay, o! - first line reads: Loud roar'd the dreadful thunder. We met - first line reads: We met - 'twas in a crowd. In two columns with an illustration above each.

Date printed: 1860

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Bay of Biscay [ID: 74894293]

The bay of Biscay - first line reads: Loud roar'd the dreadful thunder. Peggy Band - first line reads: As I walk'd o'er the Highland hills.

Printer: Walker, George, 1758-1835

Date printed: 1850

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Loss of H M S Eurydice [ID: 74894428]

H. M. S. Eurydice capsized on the 24th March, 1878. First line reads: Mourn for the brave who are in a watery grave. In two columns with an illustration above the title.

Printer: White, John, printer in Liverpool

Date printed: 1878

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Shipwrecked wanderers, or, Grace Darling [ID: 74894725]

The shipwrecked wanderers - first line reads: Oh! Father loved, the storm is raging. Adam was a gentleman - first line reads: Old Adam was the first man form'd.

Printer: Walker, George, printer at North Shields

Date printed: 1850

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Wreck of the St George of 98 guns, and the Defence of 74 [ID: 74895316]

First line reads: Now listen you landsmen that dwell safe/ on shore. In one column with a woodcut above the title. [Caused by the storm that raged across the North Sea at Christmas 1811.]

Printer: Henson, G., printer in Northampton

Date printed: 1811

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Lady of the lake [ID: 74895433]

Three ballads. The 'Lady of the lake' was shipwrecked on 11th May, 1833 near Cape St. Francis, Newfoundland, Canada. Lady of the lake - first line reads: One evening as I chanced to stray along the banks of Clyde. The moon is up - first line reads: The moon is up and in the sky.

Printer: Bebbington, John Oliver

Date printed: 1855

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Wonderful superstitious prophecy [ID: 74896024]

'March 16th 1842' is written in ink at the head and foot of the page. First line reads: Some idle rumours are afloat. In two columns.

Printer: Birt, Thomas, fl. 1824-1841

Date printed: 1842

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Newfoundland dog [ID: 74897368]

[ ... the words by F.W.N. Bayley ; the music by Henry Russell.] The Newfoundland dog - first line reads: Yet deeper and deeper and wilder the night! Little fools and great ones - first line reads: When at the social board you sit.

Composer: Russell, Henry, 1812-1900

Author: Bayley, F. W. N. (Frederic William Naylor), 1808-1853

Date printed: 1850

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Lines composed on the late accident at Ditton Iron Works [ID: 74897500]

" ... by which 7 persons lost their life". The accident took place on 6th Oct. 1876. First line reads: You feeling christians come list to me.

Date printed: 1876

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Disasters
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English ballads
DescriptionCollection of 2,300 broadside ballads, mostly printed in England in the 19th century. Topics range from courtship, crime, disasters and emigration to fashion, theatre, politics, laments sports and old age. Includes ballads on Scotland and Ireland. Part of the Crawford Collections on deposit from the Balcarres Heritage Trust.
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  • Reproduced with permission from materials on loan to the National Library of Scotland from the Balcarres Heritage Trust.
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