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Arrival of sporting ladies in Edinburgh
This broadside begins: 'A LIST of the SPORTING LADIES, Who are arrived in EDINBURGH, from all the different Towns in the Three Kingdoms, to take their Pleasure at KELSO RACES.' A note at the bottom of the sheet reads, 'Those who want any of the above Ladies, may call for them at Moffat's Close, High Street, Edinburgh.'

Battle Between Simon Byrne and Deaf Burke
The broadside news report begins: 'A Full, True and Particular Account of that most Desperate and well fought BATTLE which took place between SAM BYRNE and DEAF BURKE, on Thursday last, 150 miles on this side of London upon the Great North Road, for L.150 a side,- when Deaf Burke was declared Champion, after a desperate battle of 27 rounds, which lasted one hour and fifteen minutes.' The sheet was published in 1833 by Francis McCartney of Edinburgh.

Boxing match between Robinson and Crosbie
This sports round-up begins: 'A Full, True and Particular Account of the GREAT BATTLE fought by ROBINSON and CROSBIE, in a field near West Craigs, on Saturday last, the 11th day of June 1825, for 200 Sovereigns'. This sheet was published by Alexander Turnbull and would have sold for a penny.

Deil's Boolin' Match on Montrose Green
Verse 1 begins: 'The nicht was dismal, dark, and drear, / Nae lichtsome star did e'er appear / To gie the worthy burghers cheer / In Auld Montrose'. The poem is initialled 'R.D.M.' and decorative woodcut borders have been included on the sheet.

Dooley Fitba' Club
The first verse begins: 'Noo ye a' ken my big brither Jock, / His richt name is Johnny Shaw, / We'll he's lately jined a fitba' club, / For he's daft aboot fitba'. It was written by James Currin and sung by J.C. McDonald, and could be purchased from the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.

Dooley Fitba' Club
This ballad begins: 'Noo ye a' ken my big brither Jock, / His richt name is Johnny Shaw, / We'll he's lately jined a fitba' club, / For he's daft aboot fitba'.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Written by JAMES CURRIN. Sung by J.C. M'Donald.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.

Dreadful and Fatal Pitched Battle
This broadside begins: 'An account of a most dreadful and fatal Pitched Battle which was fought on Monday last, at Childshill, near London, between Davis and Winkworth, when Winkworth was killed, and warrants were issued against a number of pugilists, among whom were Byrne, Reynolds, and Spring.' The sheet was published by John Muir of Glasgow and is dated 14th August 1829.

This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY ON Sandy M'kay, LATE THE SCOTCH CHAMPION!' Verse 1: 'Has auld King Geordie slipp'd awa', / Or Wellington, or Peel, or wha, / Sae mony tears are seen ta fa', / Frae ilk ane's head? / A better man than any twa - / Scotch Sandy's dead.' A note at the foot of this sheet states it was 'Printed for the Stationers' in Edinburgh.

This broadside begins: 'On account of the late unfortunate Fight between the Champion M'Kay, and Byrne, several great Battles has been fought in the city of Glasgow, with the Byrneites, and the friends of M'Kay'. The elegy begins: 'Has Auld King Geordie slipp'd awa', / Or Wellington, or Peel, or wha'. It was published by Carmichael and Graham of Glasgow on the 10th June 1830.

This report begins: 'FIGHT Which took place at the Dumbie-Dykes, on Friday morging, between a Tailor and Clothier and a Coachman, in respectable family in the New Town, originating in their pretentions to the hand of a handsome Lady's-maid living in the same street.' The broadside was published by Brown of Edinburgh. Although its publication date is not printed on the sheet, a later hand has written the date in as April 1844.

Fitba Wull
This ballad begins: 'I am, ye see, a weaver, freens, / Jist cam' frae Vinegar Hill, / Tae sing aboot a son o' mine's / That's nicknamed Fitba Wull'. It was published by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee. It probably cost one penny.

Football Match
This long ballad, telling the tale of a game between the Swifts and the Macalvenny Wallopers, begins: 'A football match last Saturday I went to see ; / To have some fun was exactly what I meant, you see, / So off I goes like a sporting man so dutiful, / To see this game, which I reckoned would be beautiful'. The song was written by James Currns (probably James Curran, a Glasgow song-writer and parodist) and published by the Poet's Box of Dundee. It was sold for a penny.

Football Match
This sports review begins: 'Swifts V. Macalvenny Wallopers / Written by JAMES CURRNS / Copies to be had at 192 Overgate Dundee'. The verse begins: 'A football match last Saturday I went to see; / To have some fun was exactly what I ment, you see'.

Great Battle between Johnson and Halton
This news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account, of the Great Battle between JOHNSON and HALTON, on Monday the 7th March, 1825, in a Field, 12 Miles west of Edinburgh, for Fifty Pounds Sterling.' The broadside does not carry the name of the publisher or the place of publication.

Kelso Races
This broadside begins: 'LIST OF THE NOBILITY AND GENTRY Who appeared at the BALLS at KELSO RACES, OCTOBER 1783.' What then follows is an alphabetical listing of all those who were in attendance. It was published by James Palmer of Kelso.

Life in Edinburgh!
This boxing match report begins: 'Milling Extraordinary! / Betwixt G___E W___R, the Aberdeen Champion. And M'D__D, the Royal Exchange, Edinburgh, Hero, on Friday 11th Nov. 1825, at Night!' The sheet was published by James McLean of Edinburgh, and cost a penny. A previous owner of the broadside has attempted to fill in the text which has been left blank (presumably to protect the people's identity).

List and public announcement concerning horse racing on the sands at Leith, Edinburgh, in 1728
This broadside, a hybrid of list and public announcement, begins: 'List of the Horses book'd, That are to run for the Fifty Pound Sterling Plate, set out by the Town of Edinburgh, to be run for on Friday the 14. of June instant, on the Sands at Leith.' After naming the horses, riders and owners, the writer tells his audience the exact time when the race will start. Although the sheet was published in Edinburgh in 1728, the publisher is not identified.

MacKay poisoned ! !
This crime report begins: 'It is now firmly believed that Sandy was hocussed, as they term it in the fancy, and the wretch who administered the soporific drug is unhesitatingly named through all the sporting houses'. A second report is also included which details the execution of Barney McGuire on June 7th 1830. This sheet, which cost a penny to buy, was printed for William Robertson.

Milling Among the Fair Sex!
This news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that Gallant and most Extraordinary BATTLE, that was Fought on Thursday last, 30th day of June, 1825, in the Market Place of Aberdeen, between a Soldier's Wife, and a Dandy young Fish Wife, at that place.' The broadside was published by Alexander Turnbull of Edinburgh and was priced at one penny.

New Song Called The Bold McLusky
The first verse reads: 'You gallant sons of freedom that come from Erin's island, / Come listen to a verse or two, its worthy of your smiling, / A battle was fought in Cumberland - a battle too most cruel, / It was between M'Lusky bold and the brave Anthony Suel.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.

Particulars of that Fight between Johnston and Pat Holton
This news report begins: 'The whole particulars of that fight between Johnston and Pat Holton, which took place yesterday, Monday 7th March 1825, for a heavy sum of money, about 12 miles from Edinburgh.' The name of the broadside publisher is not given, but a note beneath the introduction reads: 'Extracted from the Account given in this day's Edin. Observer.

Poem on the Race of Leith, October, Twenty Second
This piece begins: 'I HEAR a Horse Race lately Run, / Was into Leith where no Man wan / Untill a Highland Ladie / Came up foremost with a Bay Brown, / Which all thought was a Jad'. No publication details have been given.

S.Byrne &c.
This crime report begins: 'A full, true and particular Report, as it appears in the Sun London Newspaper, received by this day's London Mail, of the Proceedings at the Northfolk Assizes, against Simon Byrne, the Boxer, for killing Sandy MacKay, in the great fight between these two Champions, together with the finding of the Grand Jury, not only against Simon Byrne, but against George Cooper, of the City of Edinburgh, Rueben Martin, Thomas Cribb, and Thomas Reynolds, as Aiders and Abettors.' This sheet was published by Forbes and Owen of Edinburgh.

Sporting Ladies Reply to Mr Reynard the Fox's List, or Burlesque, on Them, and Their Profession, &c.
This ballad begins: 'Ye Noblemen and Gentlemen / Who're come to join the Fun, / To see the Races o'er again, / And Nymphs upon the Town.' A note below the title states that this broadside was 'Hawked by a black badger, his secretary', and that the ballad should be sung to the air, ' O' a the arts the wind, &c'. Although the publisher is not named and the sheet is not dated, it was printed somewhere in Edinburgh.


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