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Edinburgh Convicts and Farewell to Scotland
The first ballad begins: 'Come all young men of learning, / A warning take by me, / I'd have you quit night walking, / And shun bad company.'
Edinburgh Elector's Alphabet; or A Guide to the Poll
This political pamphlet begins: 'A is for Aytoun, a radical true; / B is for Bottom, who looks very blue; / C is for Campbell, just fresh from his journey; / D is for Dudley, that dish'd the attorney . . .' Although there are no publication details available for this sheet, the subject matter suggests it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
Edinburgh Irish Festival, Or, The Popish Showman
This public advertisement begins: 'An Account of the Procession, and progress of Dan, King of Beggars, in Edinburgh.' This account was sourced from the 'Age' and was published by James Bonnar and Co.
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.
Elder's Warning, A Lay of the Convocation
Verse 1: '"Noo, John Macgill, my elder, come listen to my word, / It's time to leave the harrows, it's time to draw the sword; / The sheep may wander on the hill, the stots rout in the byre, / But another path is ours, John, through danger and through fire.' A woodcut illustration of a man's head has been included at the top of the sheet.
Electors of Arbroath
This public notice continues: 'In a few days will be published, a full Report of the Speeches of Mr Ross, and of Mr D.D. Cargill, Mr Canning, and of Mr Gibson'. The sheet ends with the cry: 'ROSS for Ever! / AND / Confusion to all Mob Orators!!'. There are no further details attached to this sheet.
Elegiac Lines On the Tragical Murder of Poor Daft Jamie
This crime report begins: 'Gude people all, I pray give ear, to what I now do say, / And buy a copy o' this Poem before I gang away; / It can't now but melt the hardest heart, whoe'er d' read it o'er, / How poor daft Jamie met his death, the like was ne'er before'. The poem was written by J.P. and the woodcut at the top reads 'Alas! Jamie's Pickled'. This second edition sheet was published by W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh.
This memorial notice begins: 'An ELEGIE On the never enough Lamented Death, of the Right Honourable JOHN MURRAY LORD BOWHILL, One of the Senators of the Colledge of Justice; who departed this Life upon the 26th March 1714.' The poem begins: 'O! Thou my Muse, that's now Bedew'd with Tears, / Sob thou Dire Sighs, Pierce Adamantine Ears'.
This memorial notice begins: ON the Death of his Grace JOHN DUKE of ROTHES, LORD High CHANCELLOUR of SCOTLAND, &c. ELEGIE.' The elegy which follows begins: 'ISRAEL for Moses fourty days did Mourn, / Our Joy to Grief, twice fourty days may turn; / Scotlands Conductor, ROTHES, Wise and Brave, / Ah! Now Himself Conducted is to Grave'. The publication date of this broadside is not given, but it is likely to have been published some time in 1681, as the subject died on 27th July 1681.
This memorial notice begins: 'To the Memory of the right Honourable MARGARET COUNTESS OF WEEMS. Who departed the Life at Weems, February 20 1688. A FUNERAL ELEGIE.' The elegy which follows begins: 'Like as an aged lofty-fronted Oak, / Whose Verdure, Boughs, and Shelter, might provock, / The proudest in the Dodonean Grove, / Which Superstition did devout to Jove'. The name 'N. Paterson' is given at the foot of the sheet. This may refer to the author of the elegy, or it could refer to the broadside publisher.
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGIE on the Much to be Lamented Death, and Loss of the Right HONOURABLE WILLIAM EARL of CRAWFOORD, and Lord LINDSAY, &c. And One of His Majesties Most Honourable Privy Council, &c. Departed this Life, March 6th. 1698.' The elegy which follows begins: 'You Noble Lords lay by yor Robes, Come Mourn a while with me, / For good Lord Crawfoord that is gone into Eternitie! ' Althought the publication date of the broadside is not given, it is likely to have been shortly after the death of the subject on March 6th, 1698.
This memorial notice begins: 'Elegie On the Much to be Lamented Death of the Right Honourable, Alexander Lord Reath, One of His Majesties Most Honourable Privy Council, and Exchequer, &c. Departed this Life, March 21 1698.' The elegy begins: 'It seems the Heavens begins to frown, the World draws near an end / When Wisdom drops down to the Grave, that did this Land defend'.
This broadside begins: 'ELEGIE / On the never enough to be Lamented Cruel Death, of the most Hopeful and Gallant Young Gentleman, Mr. William Rue, of Chesters, who was Barbarously Murdered by George Ballantine Younger of Craigmore, Musgrave Mackgie, Brother to the Laird of Balmagie, and William Hamilton, Eldest Son to Bailie Hamilton in Abbay of Holy-Rood-House. In Febr 1710. With Brief Description of his Penitentials.' The elegy begins: 'O Fatal Death! Thou many Methods take, / Poor Man to Kill, and Mortal Hearts still breaks'.
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegie on the Never Enough to be Lamented Death of the Reverend Mr William Delape Preacher of the Gospel, WHO Departed this Life October 30, 1720. Aged 28 Years.' The elegy begins: 'O Great, eternal, high and mighty One, / Who doth command all Flesh before thy Throne'. Although no publication date has been included on this broadside, it was most likely issued the same year as Delape's death.
This memorial notice begins: 'AN / ELEGIE / Upon the much to be lamented Death of Colonel SARA, who departed this Life, at Leith, the 28th of August 1718.' The elegy begins: 'What mournful Sound is this doth reach mine Ears'.
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGIE / On John Pringle, Town-Piper of Lauder / To the Tune of, Lang Unken'd / [Done by Maggie Riddel's Son.]' The elegy begins: 'O Gosh! what will come o' us now?'
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegie Upon the never Enough to be Lamented Death, of the Right Honourable ADAM BROWN, Esq; Lord PROVOST of EDINBURGH'. The elegy itself begins: 'As soon as Death by Sin was Usher'd in, / That Dreadful Gyant did a War begin, / Against all Adam's Race with mighty Rage, / Without Respect to Sex, Degree or Age.' Although no publication details are included on the sheet, it must have been published shortly after the 16th of October, 1711, which is the date when Adam Brown died.
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY On the late WEE GEORDIE MORE, a well known Character in Auld Reekie, who Died on Friday, the 18th January 1828, and was Buried in the Greyfriars Church-yard, on Sunday the 20th.' The elegy begins: 'Lament, ye wee men, ane an' a, / For wee, wee Geordie's now awa''. An epitaph has been included at the bottom of the sheet.
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 memorial notice begins: 'AN / ELEGY / On the Reverend Doctor JOHN GILLIES, one of the Ministers of Glasgow who died in the 84th year of his Age, and the 54th year of his Ministry.' The elegy begins: 'The Saint is gone - - to all who knew him dear'.
This broadside begins: 'AN ELEGY / On the Death of the much lamented Reverend Mr. WILLIAM DUNN, late Minister of Kirkintilloch, who died on Saturday, November 3, 1798.' The elegy begins: 'Mourn Dame RELIGION! / sable garments wear'.
This memorial notice begins: 'AN / ELEGY / On the much to be Lamented Death, / OF / Mr. John Merry Surgeon Apothecary.' The elegy begins: 'Is MERRY Dead, his Active Spirit flown?'
This memorial notice begins: 'AN / ELEGY / On the much to be Lamented Death, / OF / Francis Masterton Apothecary.' The elegy begins: 'COME thou thy mournful Muse to his great Name.'
This memorial notice begins: 'On the much to be lamented Death of James Whetty Taylor and Free-Man in the Pattaraw who departed this Life Apprile the 5th, 1725 about the 69. of his Age. With a Caution to his Successors.' The elegy begins: 'AND has Old Death that Bloody Knave'.
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY On the deplorable Death of Elizabeth Murray Sister to Sir William Murray of Newtoun barb'rously murdered by her Husband Thomas Kincaid younger of Gogar-Mains, March 29th 1723.' The elegy begins: 'As there are fatal Times when Nature's sighs, / And noxious Reeks from Earth eclipse the Skies'. An epitaph has also been included at the bottom of the page.
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY On the much lamented Death of merry Maggie Wilson, Poultry-Wife in Edinburgh'. The elegy begins: 'WALLiwafaw your Fingers, Death, / That stappit Maggie Wilson's Breath; / Had I been ye, I'd been right leath, / And wae to fell her.' According to a note under the title, it was 'done by Rorie Pringle Drawer in the Tolbooth.'
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegy On the never to be lamented death of Mirs. M'Leod, who was Execute on Wednesday the 8th of March, 1727.' The elegy itself begins: 'O Curs'd Atropus, thou cancard Wife, / I wonder what aild thee to draw thy knife'. Unfortunately, the name of the publisher is not included.
This broadside begins: 'ELEGY ON LUCKY WOOD.' The elegy begins: 'O CANNIGATE poor Ellritch hole / What Loss what Crosses does thou thole? / London and Death garrs thee look droll / and hing thy head; / Wow but thou has e'ne a cald Coal / to Blaw indeed.' An epitaph has also been included at the bottom of this sheet.
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegy, on the never enough to be lamented Death of that Vertuous and Worthy Gentleman Capt: Geo: Drummond. Who dyed at Edinburgh, September 26, 1720.' The elegy begins: 'HOW frail, how vain, Momentainous Man? / His Life a Vapour, longest Years a Span.'
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegy Upon the much Lamented Death of Janet Hill, Spouse to the Famous Tinclarian Doctor William Mitchell, who departed this Life, 13th of October 1716.' The elegy begins: 'THE Defunct has obtain'd a Name, / By virtue of the Doctor's Fame'. As mentioned in the title, William Mitchell was a 'Tinclarian Doctor'. 'Tinclarian' is a Scots word meaning 'tinker-like'.