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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.

Capsizing of a boat, in Loch Lomond
This broadside begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that FATAL ACCIDENT at Tarbet on Loch Lomond, on Friday last, 29th August, 1828, by the upsetting of a Boat, by which Eleven Lives were Lost!!!' The broadside was priced at one penny. Its publishers and place of publication are not noted.

Dreadful Accident at Edinburgh
This report begins: 'Account of the dreadful accident which took place on Saturday at Picardy Place Edinburgh, at the sale of Lord Eldin's splendid collection of pictures, when the floor of the Auction Room gave way, and 150 Persons were buried in the ruins.'

Dreadful Accident!
This news report begins: A Full and Authentic Account of the Dreadful and Fatal ACCIDENT that happened the COMET Steam-Boat, on her passage from Inverness and Fort-William to Glasgow, yesterday morning, Friday the 21st October, 1825, when, off Kempock Point, she was suddenly Struck by the Steam Boat Aya, and instantly went down, by which melancholy circumstance, SEVENTY Human Beings were in a single moment precipitated into Eternity!!!' The publisher was William Robertson, the 'Flying Stationer', of Edinburgh.

Dreadful Accident, and Loss of Life
This broadside report begins: 'A Full, True and Particular account of that Dreadful Accident which occurred in this city on Saturday afternoon, by the falling in of a house in Picardy Place, when crowded with company of the first respectability attending the sale of the Lord Eldon's Pictures, -- Giving the full particulars of that melancholy catastrophe, with the names of the unfortunate sufferers.' Although no publication details are included, the reference to the late Lord Eldon suggests the sheet was published in, or around, 1838.

Dreadful Collision!!
This public notice begins: 'One Hundred and Twenty-two Lives Lost! / A full and particular Account of the loss of the Ship Governor Fenner, with Emigrants for America, which took place off Holyhead, on Saturday Morning last, when 122 Men, Women and Children lost their lives.' This story was sourced from the 'Edinburgh Observer' of Tuesday 23rd February, 1841. A sketchy woodcut of a boat has been included.

Dreadful Death of Eleven Soldiers Belonging to the Artillery
This report begins: 'Full, True and Correct Account of the Explosion of the Power Magazine, at Gibraltar, on the 27th of December last, when Eleven Soldiers belonging to the Garrison were blown up 300 feet in the air, with an account of their dreadful and horrid Death, most of them being shattered to pieces, also an account of the number of men bruised and wounded.' The date stated on the sheet is the 27th of December, and a hand-written entry inserted after the printed text identifies the year as 1830. The sheet was published by John Campbell of Edinburgh.

Dreadful Explosion
This news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that Dreadful Explosion of Gunpowder, at Stobbs Mills, on Thursday last the 17th February, 1825, at a few minutes past Eight in the morning, by which two Men and a Horse lost their lives, and several others were severely injured.' The sheet was priced at one penny and was published by Robert McMillan. The place of publication is not noted.

Dreadful Fire in London
This report begins: 'Full and correct account of that dreadful and awful Fire which happened at the house of Lord Walsingham, in Cavendish Square, London, on the morning of Wednesday last, when his Lordship's body was burned to ashes, and Lady Walsingham, to save her life, had jumped over a window, and her mangled body was found in the back yard, and she died in a few hours.' The publisher of the broadside is not noted, but its source is given as the 'Caledonian Mercury'. The sheet was priced at one penny.

Dreadful Fire!
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular ACCOUNT of a most Calamtious [sic] FIRE which happened in a large Tenement in the Cowgate, Edinburgh, this morning, Monday, 10th September, 1821, about half an hour before One o'Clock, by which three Lives were Lost, and several severely Wounded and Bruised.'

Dreadful Shipwreck of a London Smack
This report begins: 'Full, True, and Particular Account of the melancholy Shipwreck of the London Smack, Czar, near North Berwick, on Friday night last, when the Master, five of the crew, and thirteen Passengers were drowned.' The report has been taken from the Edinburgh Courant newspaper and published by John Campbell, Edinburgh. The 'Czar' went down in 1831.

Fearful Accident!
This news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of a most dreadful circumstance which happened on Tuesday the 18th February instant, in consequence of the escape, from Wombwell's Menagerie, of the celebrated Lion, Wallace, and a large Tigress, by which melancholy accident, Four Human Beings were destroyed!!!' The broadside publisher was Menzies, and the story was sourced from the Northampton Herald.

This report begins: 'An account of that dreadful and destructive Fire that took place in Leith this morning, when the entensive Steam Mills on the Shore were burned to the ground, besides a number of houses and property amounting to about 30,000, besides a number of persons severely hurt. The particulars correctly given by an eye witness.' Printed by Forbes & Co., Printers, Edinburgh.

Horrible Shipwreck!
This news report begins: 'A Full, true and Particular Account of the Melancholy Loss of the british Convict Ship AMPHITRITE, on the evening of Saturday last, the 31st August 1833, of Boulogne, when 108 Female Convicts, 12 Children and 13 Seamen met with a watery grave, in sight of thousands, none being saved out of 136 Souls but Three!' The broadside was published by Menzies of the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh, and the story was sourced from the Observer newspaper.

In Memory of the Tay Bridge Disaster
This ballad is prefaced by an explantion which reads: 'THE BRIDGE WAS BLOWN DOWN, WITH THE LAST TRAIN FROM THE SOUTH, ON SUNDAY EVENING, THE 28TH DAY OF DECEMBER 1879, WHEN IT WAS SUPPOSED THAT OVER SIXTY LOVES WERE LOST, AND NONE WERE LEFT TO TELL THE TALE. There are now Forty-six bodies recovered, two of which are women, and one a girl, and all identified. 15th May 1880.' The ballad begins: 'The Bridge, the Bridge, the wondrous Bridge / That spans the Firth of Tay . . .' It was written by C. Horne and published in Aberdeen.

Leith Smack Lost
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the COMET, a fine Smack belonging to the London and Edinburgh Shipping Company of Leith, on her passage from London, on the morning of Tuesday last, on Yarmouth Sands; with the Wonderful preservation of the Passengers and Crew, and their astonishing Sufferings and extraordinary escape, when the Vessel sunk in deep water.' A woodcut of a sailing ship adorns the top of the sheet.

Letter from a Gentleman in Forfar, to his Friend at Edinburgh, May 1728
This broadside letter begins: 'SIR, ACCORDING to your desire, I have sent you an Account of the lamentable Catastrophe, which happen'd on Thursday the 9th of May instant, which has filled all the Kingdom with an universal Regret; and this Part of it with the utmost Grief and Confusion imaginable; which is to be seen in the Faces of young and old, all over the Country; the fact is as follows . . .' Although no publication details are listed, the date on the letter itself is given as the 16th of May, 1728.

Letter from Kirkaldy
This report begins: 'Letter from Kirkaldy. DREADFUL ACCIDENT At Kirkaldy. By a Gallery in the Church falling down, during the time the Rev. Dr Irving was preaching to a crowed Audience whereby a great number was killed and wounded.' The letter that is included in the report is dated 'Monday Morning, June 16th 1828'. There are no publication details on the broadside.

Life and Death of the Old Woman of Radcliffe Highway
This accident report begins: 'This is to let you understand that an old woman of Radcliffe Highway, was drowned in a heavy shower of feathers last night, 6 weeks ago.' There are no publication details attached to this sheet.

Lines on the Loss of the Glasgow and Londonderry Steam-Ship "Falcon"
Verse 1: 'You people of Scotland I pray give attention, / A sad dismal story you quickly shall hear, / Concerning the wreck of the steam-ship the Falcon, / Which for Londonderry away she did steer. / On the fifth day of January she sailed from Glasgow, / The Falcon so proudly dashed o'er the salt waves, / With sixty-three persons on board of that vessel, / The most of them now has found watery graves.'

Lines on the Terrific Explosion at Moss End
Verse 1 begins: 'Good people all now give attention, / Young and old of each degree'. The location of 'Moss End' is not specified, suggesting that the accident was well reported at the time and so the readers would have been up-to-speed on such detail.

Loss of the Benlomond steam boat!
This news report begins: 'A full and particular account of the Loss of the Benlomond Steam Boat, in the Firth of Forth, this morning, when on her passage from Newhaven to Alloa and Stirling.' The publisher was Francis McCartney of Edinburgh.

Loss of the Frances Mary
Verse 1: 'Ye mariners and landsmen come listen unto me, / While unto you I do relate the dangers of the sea, / For the loss of the Francis Mary will grieve your to woe, / Of all the dreadful hardships that we did undergo.'

Loss of the Princess Alice and The Parrot and the Old Arm Chair
This broadside contains two ballads. The first ballad begins: 'How many thousands have found a grave / aneath the ever rolling wave, / And day by day the list we swell, / Another loss we have to tell.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to a tune called 'Sailor's Grave'. Although the sheet is not dated, the topic of the first ballad suggests it was published around September 1878.

Minerva of Leith!
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Loss of the Brig Minerva of Leith, belonging to Messrs Stenhouse, bound from Dublin to Glasgow, with Grain, which violently Struck on the Horse Island, off Ardrossan, Ayrshire, on Tuesday Morning, 18th December 1821'. This account was sourced from the 'Ayr Advertiser'.

This entertaining story begins: 'An account of Joseph Macwilliam the Miser, who was burnt to death on the 13th June 1826, by accident, in Rose Street'. The woodcut at the top of the sheet, shows a well-fed and well-groomed gentleman to reinforce the story's theme.

This report begins: 'An account of the shocking case of Mrs Anderson St Giles Street, Leith, found strangled to death in her house, on Monday morning last, with the apprehension of one of her neighbours, accused of having committed the diabolical murder ; also an account of the Dreadful destruction of Cromerty new jail by Fire, on Monday night, when shocking to relate, the keys of the prison were lost in the Confusion, and before the door could be forced open, the prisoners (whose horrid cries were heart-rending) were burned to death, and so reduced to ashes, that the bodies could not be known by their relations.' Printed by Forbes and Co. of Edinburgh.

This crime report begins: 'Full, True and Particular Account of that most Horrid Murder which was committed on New Year's Morning, in Dunbar Street, Canal Basin, Edinburgh, on the body of Mrs Calderhead with a correct account of the apprehension of the Murderers ; with an account of that awful accident that happened on Saturday Morning, in Milne's Court, Lawnmarket, when a woman was burned to death.' This sheet was published by the Edinburgh printer John Campbell.

Murder, &c., Musselburgh Links
This broadside report begins: 'A full true and particular Account of the Murder of a child at Musselburgh, yesterday morning, and of the apprehension of a woman who had left the Edinburgh City Workhouse the day before, and of her examination before the magistrates . . .' Below this prologue, is the introduction to a story about the loss of a packet ship called 'Boston', which was struck by lightning and sunk with all hands. Although the date of publication and name of the publisher are not included, the story was sourced from 'The Courant' newspaper.

This broadside begins: 'A New-Years-Gift : OR, A RESPECTFUL WISH From the Hand of a Stranger who (upon the 28th of November) was a Sufferer by the Fire which happened in the Canongate. TO MY LORD BALMERINO'.

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