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Allen and Sally and Banks of Clyde
'Allen and Sally' begins: ''Twas in the evening of a wintry day, / Then just returning from a long campaign'. 'Banks of Clyde' begins: 'When I was young and youth did bloom, / Where fancy led me I did rove'. The sheet was published by John Harkness of Church Street, Preston.
Battle of Alma
Verse 1 begins: 'You loyal Britons [pr]ay draw near, / Unto the news I've brought you here / With joy each British heart does cheer / For the victory gained at Alma'. A patriotic royal coat of arms has been included at the top of the page in the middle of the title.
Battle of Inkermann
The introduction to the ballad begins: 'The Battle of Inkermann, fought and conquered by the Allied Troops--British, French, Sardinians and Turks, on the 5th November 1854, will ever stand on the memory of the present generation'. The ballad's first line runs: 'Sebastapol lay shrouded in thick November's gloom'. The sheet was printed almost three years after the battle, by the Poet's Box of Glasgow, and cost one penny.
Bingen on the Rhine
This ballad begins: 'A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers, / There was lack of woman's nursing, there was dearth of woman's tears; / But a comrade stood beside him, while his life-blood ebbed away, / And bent, with pitying glances, to hear what he might say'. The publisher was the Poet's Box, but the town of publication has been obscured. The broadside was published on Saturday, 27th July 1867, priced at one penny.
Blue Bells of Scotland
This ballad begins: 'Oh, where, and oh, where is my highland laddie gone, / He's gone to fight the French, for King George upon / the throne, / And it's oh in my heart I wish him safe at home.'
Bonnets o' Blue
This ballad begins: 'Noo I'll sing ye a sang in praise o' that land, / Where the snaw melts on the mountains so grand'. This song was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
Bonnie Lass That Would Lie in a Barrack
Verse 1 begins: 'O say bonnie lass will ye lie in a barrack, / And marry a sodger, and carry his wallet?' There is an address to the reader at the beginning of the song, which comments on the plight and prettiness of soldiers' wives. There is also a pro-Scots coat-of-arms included at the top of the page.
Bonnie Lassie's Answer
Verse 1: 'Farewell to Glasgow, / Likewise to Lanarkshire, / And farewell my dearest parents, / For I'll never see you mair; / For the want of pocket money, / And for the want of cash, / Makes mony a bonny laddie, / to leave his bonny lass.' The chorus begins: 'For I am forced to go, my love / Where no one shall me know'. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration of a man and woman holding hands. The word 'Kangaroo' is from the title of another ballad that appeared on the same sheet: 'On Board the Kangaroo'.
This ballad begins: 'You may claver of England, her powers and her might, / Her calmness in peace and her fierceness in fight, / Yet our braw 93rd some notice demand / Her chiel's frae the Highlands aye prove Scotland can'. To 'claver' means 'to gossip', and 'chiel' is Scots for a 'young man'. The sheet was published in Dundee by the Poet's Box. It cost a penny.
Brigadier M'Intosh farewel to the Highlands
This ballad begins: 'M'Intosh is a Soldier brave, / and of his Friends he took his leave'. The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'To an excellent new Tune.' A poor quality woodcut of a charging highlander has been included at the top of the page.
Brigadier Mintosh's Farewell to the Highlands
The ballad begins: 'M'Intosh is a Soldier brave, / and of his friends he took his leave, / Unto Northumberland he drew.' The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'To an excellent new TUNE'.
Britannia, the Pride of the Ocean
Verse 1: 'Britannia, the gem of the ocean, / The star of the brave and the free, / The shrine of a patriots devotion, / Old England my homage to thee. / Thy banner makes tyranny tremble, / When liberty has cause in the view, / Thy banner makes tyranny tremble, / Whilst borne by the red, white, and blue.' This broadside was priced at one penny and published on Saturday, 6th September 1856, by the Poet's Box. The town of publication has been obscured, but was probably Glasgow.
This poem begins: 'WHAUR Neidpath's wa's wi' pride look doon / Upon a guid auld burgh toun, / A crankie cratur' leev'd langsyne, / Amang the guid auld freen's o' mine'. The text preceding this reads: 'RECITATION / AS RECITED BY A. ROBB, LATE OF THE 42nd REGIMENT / SCOTCH RECITER AND STORY TELLER'. The body of text is contained in a decorative woodcut border.
This ballad begins: 'The Russians are coming, oh, dear! oh, dear! / Well, let them come on, we have nothing to fear; / The war now declared - you can now volunteer - / There's nought like the Militia, that is very clear...' It was to be sung to the old Scottish air 'The Campbells are Coming', was published on 13th January 1855, by the Poet's Box, Glasgow, and was priced at one penny.
Death of Gen. Gordon
Verse 1: 'Across the vast Soudan was borne, / While England bowed her head, / The words which thrilled each British heart, / "Our mighty hero s dead." / With bated breath we heard that praise, / Which buries hope - "too late!" / For honour! General Gordon lived - / For honour met his fate.' Given the subject matter of this ballad, it is likely that the sheet was published around 1885.
Drink and be Merry; or, The Bold 42!
Verse 1 and chrous: 'There was a puir lassie I pity her lot, / Her lad went and listed to wear the red coat, / To wear the red coat he has gaen faur awa', / Oh, my love's gone and listed in the bold forty-twa. / Let us drink and be merry / All sorrows refrain, / For we may and may never / All meet here again.' The broadside was published by The Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee, which advertises at the top of the sheet, 'NEW SONGS OUT EVERY WEEK', and at the bottom, 'Songs sent to any part of the country on receipt of postage stamps'.
Edinburgh Royal Highland Volunteers
Verse 1 begins: 'LET Frenchmen threat invasion great, / And a' their venom shaw, man'. The text preceding this reads: 'A SONG - - - - - - - - - Tune, Killicrankie'. An explanation of the Scots words and references have been included at the bottom of the sheet. No further publication details have been included.
This song's first verse runs: 'It's noo I am a sodger, and they ca' me Willie Brown, / I used to be a weaver lad, and lived in Maxweltown, / But noo I am enlisted, and to Perth I going awa' / To join that gallant regiment that's cau'd the gallant forty-twa.' It was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. At the bottom of the sheet is a list of other songs published by them.
Highland soldiers and their Mutiny in Glasgow
This execution notice begins: 'An account of the trial of eight Soldiers belonging to Breadalbane Regiment of Fencibles, for a mutiny in the city of Glasgow, four of whom received sentence of death, three of which received a pardon at the place of execution, and the fourth was shot on Tuesday the 27th day of January 1795'.
I am Going to be a Soldier Jenny, Dandy Servants, White Squall and Katty Darling
The first ballad begins: '[I am] going for a soldier, Jenny, / Going o'er the rolling sea'. The second ballad begins: 'Ye braw decent women I'll sing you a song, / Of the wit of the auld and the pride of the young'. The third ballad begins: 'The sea was brigh and the bark rode well, / The breeze bore the tone of the vesper bell'. The fourth ballad begins: 'The flowers are blooming Katty Darling, / And the birds are singing on each tree'.
Verse 1: 'Far distant, far distant, lies Scotia the brave, / No tombstone memorial to hallow his grave; / His bones now scattered on the rude soil of Spain, / And young Jamie Foyers in battle was slain.' There is a woodcut depiction of a rather spruce looking soldier above the title.
Jessie's Dream at Lucknow
The first verse of this ballad reads: 'FAR awa' tae bonnie Scotland / Hae my spirit taen its flight, / An' I saw my mither spinni' / In our Highland hame at nght. / I saw the kye abrowsing, / My faither at the plough, / And the grand auld hills aboon them / Wid I could see them now.' 'Ky' are 'cows'. This sheet was printed by W. Shepherd, Overgate, Dundee and priced at one penny. It was available to buy from the Poet's Box, which also had premises in the Overgate.
This ballad begins: 'Ma name is Jock M'Whurtle, I'm a dorby tae ma trade, / But noo I've got a steadier job, I'm listed as a swade; / An' when at first I took the bob, O, I was green and raw, / But they vera sune made a man o' me in the gallant Forty Twa.' A 'dorby' is a stone-mason and a 'swade' is a 'soldier'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the broadside.
This ballad begins: 'Three to ride and to save, one to ride and to be saevd [saved]- / That's the key of my tale, boys, deep on my heart engraved.' A note under the title reads: 'THIS POPULAR RECITATION CAN ALWAYS BE HAD AT POET'S BOX, Overg[a]te Dundee.'
Late engagements with the rebels
This report begins: 'A full and particular Account of some late Engagements with the Rebels, in which they lost several hundred Men, copied from Letters, lately received from Gentlemen in the Sutherland Fencibles, with many other particulars respecting the Proceedings of his Majesty's Forces against the Rebels'. A letter written by an Officer stationed in Wexford, to a friend in Edinburgh, has also been included. Whilst the date of July 1789 has been handwritten near the top of the sheet, the events recounted in this broadside occurred in 1798.
Let Me Like A Soldier Fall
Verse 1: 'Oh let me like a soldier fall / Upon some open plain ? / This breast expanding for a ball / To blot out every stain. / Brave manly hearts confer my doom, / That gentler ones may tell; / Howe'er unknown forgot my tomb, / He, like a soldier fell. / He, like a soldier fell.' A note below the title states that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee'.
Letter from Jimmy-the-Gum to his Big Brother Barney-the-Smasher
This broadside begins: 'ROYAL HOUSE DISTILLERY, Eliventeenth of Cawnpore, Dear Barney, - I am writing these few lines on the top of an old Indian drum, with neather top, bottom, nor sides to it. We landed here when we got on shore. Our first battle was at Never-sa-dhi. There was many thousands killed but I am happy to state there were no lives lost.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. It does not carry a date of publication.
Lines Written on the Occasion of the Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn
Verse 1 begins: 'The grand June sun with regal sway / Has through the solstice gone'. The poem, by Agnes H. Bowie is inscribed to Wallace Bruce, the American Consul at Edinburgh and Theodore Napier of Magdala, President of the Scottish National Association of Victoria. It was published on the 24th June 1893, by C. Harvey of Stirling.
Love-letter from a British Soldier, at Present in Holland, to his Sweetheart in this City
This broadside letter begins: 'My Dearest Mary, / RELIEVED for a moment from the din of arms, with pleasure unutterable, my love, I dedicate that moment to thee; what signifies the fatigues I undergo, and the dangers I daily encounter, -- they seem a pleasure to me, when I reflect, that I do so for the sake of my bonny bonny Mary.' The letter is signed with the initials, 'J.T.', while the sheet was published by Thomas Duncan of the Saltmarket, Glasgow.
Mantle so Green
Verse 1: 'As I was walking one morning in June, / To view the gay fields and meadows in bloom, / I espied a young female, she appeared like a queen, / With costly fine robes, and a mantle so green.'