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Letter from Alexander Pennecuik to the Laird of Boghall, and Boghall's reply
This broadside begins: 'A Gentleman's Letter TO THE LAIRD of BOGHALL, The Day before his Execution, With BOGHALL's ANSWER.' The letters are both dated the 5th January 1721.
Letter from Doctor Dalgeish to his Patient Mrs. M'Leod, and her Answer
Verse 1: 'M'Leod you vild Adulterous Jad, / Think you my Service is so Bad, / That ye think shame to ca' me Master / You filthy Drunken Warld's Waster, / Mrs. Ye're come to be a Patien / To the best Doctor in this Nation, / And is that you his name would kno' / Into this Town he?s Lord Provo, / So Mrs. tell me your Disease / And in short Time I will you ease.' The name of the publisher is not included.
Life and Bloody Death of William Lawrie's Dog
Verse 1 : 'William Lawrie had a Dog, / which he with meikle care, / Did train, teach and bring him up, / And breeding did not spare / First he begun to hunt the Hens, / And then because he saw / It pleas'd his Master, he began / to try the Sheep with a.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'The Ladies Daughter'. Although it may appear that this verse is unfinished, 'with a' is more likely the poet's or printer's orthography for withal, meaning besides or as well.
Life and Tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster and A New Song
Verse 1: 'INTO a place in Argileshire / called Campbeltoun by Name, / One Alaster Mackalaster / Who once lived in the same.' This should be sung 'To the tune of, Captain Johnston's Lament'. The full heading of the broadside reads: 'AN ACCOUNT of the Life and tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster, [w]ho was hanged at Aberdeen the 31st of May, 1723'.
Life of Calcraft
This broadside begins: 'AN ACCOUNT OF THE EXECUTIONS IN SCOTLAND FOR THE PAST 200 YEARS.' The reader is provided with an alphabetical listing of the places of execution within Scotland, under which the names of those executed, along with the nature their crimes, are placed chronologically. Also provided at the end is a separate listing for the crime of witchcraft and a brief insight into 'THE ENGLISH CRIMINAL CODE', including a few interesting statistics.
Lives and Transactions of the Gilmerton Murderers, Dobie and Thomson
This report begins: 'Full, True and Particular Account of the Lives and Transactions of David Dobie and John Thomson, the Gilmerton Murderers, together with a very full and most correct account of their conduct and declarations in the Lock-up-house, on the night before the execution, and on their last moments on the scaffold, all extracted from the Courant Newspaper.' No publisher is named for this broadside, though the story has been sourced from the 'Courant' newspaper.
Mansie Waugh's Dream Concerning the Execution of Burke, Parts First and Second
The first part of this story begins: 'MY old and faithful servant, Tommy Bodkin, has long been Thomas Bodkin, Master Tailor in Dalkeith, but removed to Edinburgh . . ' The second part of the story begins: 'We had a long and jolly night of it, but my head began spinning like a peerie, and I thought a' the room rinning round about . . .' The broadside was published by W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh.
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Life, Transactions, Confessions, and Behaviour of Margaret Davidson, who was Executed at Aberdeen, on Friday the 8th October 1830, for the most atrocious and inhuman Murder of her Husband, by pouring Poison down his throat while asleep, and her body afterwards given for Dissection.' This sheet was published by Robertson and Co.
Murderer Daniel Grimshire
This execution notice begins: 'An account of the Trial and Sentence, and Execution of DANIEL GRIMSHIRE, which took place at Reading, in Berkshire, on Thursday, 4th March 1824, for the Cruel and Inhuman Murder of his own child, by pouring Boiling Hot Water down its Throat'.
Only True Account
This report begins: 'Of the execution of Catherine Davidson, who was executed at Aberdeen on Friday last, for the murder of her husband, by pouring vitriol down his throat; with the confession which she made. With an account of a remarkable circumstance which happened about 40 years ago at the execution of a woman in Aberdeen, when the executioner threw the rope among the crowd, which struck her on the breast.' This story was sourced from the 'Caledonian Mercury' of Monday Oct. 11, 1830, and the broadside was published by John Muir.
Particular account of the execution
This report of an execution begins: 'Particular account of the Execution and behaviour of a yonng man, named David Wylie, who suffered at Glasgow, on Wednesday the 12th November, 1823, for Housebreaking and Theft, with his warning to the young to beware of numerous gangs of thieves who are at present committing crimes throughout the country, also his affectionate address on the scaffold.' Published in Glasgow, reprinted by J. Young of Edinburgh in 1823.
This broadside begins: 'An excellent form of a PRAYER, said to have been aften used by the unfortunate James Gow, shoemaker, who was Executed yesterday, Friday the 2d of December 1831, for the Murder of his Wife, and whose Body was delivered to Dr. Munro for dissection, since his condemnation.'
This broadside begins: 'Names of all the persons who have Suffered in Glasgow since the year 1765, with an account of their crimes, and the year and day of the month they were Executed, and exhibits a melancholy view of the final end of all who deviate from the paths of rectitude.' It was published by William Carse of Edinburgh, and probably would have cost one penny.
Public executions that took place in Glasgow between 1765 and 1820
This report begins: 'The following is a correct account of all the PUBLIC EXECUTIONS which have taken place in Glasgow, for the last fifty-six years, with the year and the day of the month on which they suffered, which is a very affecting Calendar, and worthy of preservation.' The sheet was printed in 1820 by W. Carse, Printer, 127 Trongate, Glasgow.
This report of an execution begins: 'An account of the Behaviour and Execution of JAMES GLEN, who was Executed at Glasgow on Wednesday the 12th of December, 1827, for the inhuman Murder of his own son, by Drowning him in the Canal, near Port-Dundas.' It was published on 12th December 1827 by John Muir of Glasgow.
Second Edition: Execution
This broadside report of a confession and execution begins: 'Full, true and Correct Account of the Execution of James Gow, Shoemaker, residing in Bull's Turnpike Stair, High Street, and Thomas Beveridge, blacksmith, residing in Little Jack's Close, Canongate, who was executed his day, the 2d of December, for the cruel and bloody murder of their wives;' It was published by Forbes & Co. in Edinburgh.
This report begins: 'THE SECOND SPEECH Being an Account of the behaviour of James Day, in prison and on the Scaffold, on Wednesday the 20th of October 1790.'
Short Account of the Martyrdom of James Algie & John Park
This account begins: 'The Broomlands church has changed its name. A stone has been inserted over the main door, bearing the following inscription: MARTYRS' CHURCH, Erected in 1835, by the Friends of the Church of Scotland.' Printed by Caldwell and Son, and taken from the 'Liberator', this account tells of James Algie and John Park, 'who suffered at the cross of Paisley, on the 3rd of February, 1685'.
Sir Godfrey MacCulloch's execution
This crime report begins: 'The Last Speech of Sir GODFREY M'CULLOCH of Myretoun, Knight and Baronet, who was Beheaded at the Cross of Edinburgh, the Twenty Sixth day of March, 1697.' This sheet was published by John Reid of Bells Wynd, Edinburgh, in 1697.
Speech and Dying Words of John Dalgleish, Lock man alias Hang-man of Edinburgh
This sheet begins: 'WHEN Hangie saw Death drawing near, / The Carle grew in unko' Fear, / He sight and fab'd and shed a Tear'. No publication details are on the sheet.
Sutherland's Lament, for the loss of his Post, with his advice to John Dagless his Successor
This lament begins: 'I Think Auld Reikie's now grown Daft, / To Change my Lord Provo so aft, / For ae poor shot o' wrang cad waft, / They've Banish'r me: / I was the Deacon o' my Craft, / An boor the Gree.' An illegible hand-written note has been included under the title, along with the date 25th July 1722.
Trial and Execution of James Wilson
This execution notice begins: 'At Carlisle, on Monday the 16th March, for the wilful Murder of JOHN ELLIOT, a poor Pack Boy, on Eastdale Moor, on the 8th day of August, 1834.' This sheet was published by Francis McCartney and would have cost a half-penny to buy.
Trials and executions for 'Witchcraft, Adultery, Fornication, &c. &c.
This account begins: 'An account of the most remarkable Trials and Executions which took place in Scotland for above 300 years, against the persons who suffered for Witchcraft, Adultery, Fornication, &c. &c.' The sheet was printed by John Muir of Princes Street, Glasgow, some time between 1821 and 1839.
Voice from the Dungeon
This report begins: 'The die is now cast, the sword of Justice has been bared and is about to descend on his devoted head. His days are numbered, the sixth day of March being the one fixed for execution.' The sheet was published by McIntosh & Co. of Edinburgh.
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 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'.
William Burk's Execution
Verse 1: 'Let old and young unto my song a while attention pay, / The news I'll tell will please you well, the monster Burke's away. / At the head of Libberton Wynd he finished his career, / There's few, I'm sure, rich or poor, for him would shed a tear.' This broadside carries no publication details. A short news report headlined 'QUEEN-SQUARE' has been pasted on to the sheet beneath the ballad.