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The first verse reads: 'Come awa, my gallant chield, / Ye canna come too early, / For Bruce o' Kennet's i' the field, / Keep back the Tory, Charlie.' The chorus begins: 'Come quickly hither, gang round & gather, / Try the canvassing fairly'. The song was to be sung to the tune, 'Wha'll be King but Charlie'.
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.
Verse 1: 'Betrayed me, how can this be; / even by day light upon a day, / I met Prince Charles our Royal King, / and all the Grahames in their array; / They were well drest in Armour keen / upon the pleasant Banks of Tay / Before a King they might been seen / those gallant Grahames in their array.' This ballad was to be sung 'To its own proper tune; I will away, and I will not stay, &c'.
Verse 1: 'A damsel possessed of great beauty, / She stood by her own father's gate, / The galleut gallent hussars were on duty, / To view them this maiden did wait; / Their horses were capering and prancing, / Their accoutrements shone like a star, / From the plains they were nearer advancing, / She espied her young gallant Hussar.' This song was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.
This ballad begins: 'Dark is the night---how dark---no light, no fire, / Cold on the hearth the last faint sparks expire, / Shiv'ring she watches by the cradle side, / For him who pledged her love last year a bride.' It was published by the Poet's Box, in December 1866. The place of publication has been erased but it is just possible to make out that the sheet came from 80 London Street, Glasgow.
Gangin' a' Awry! Or Learmonth's Lamentation
This ballad begins: 'OH, gin a body meet a body / Canvassin' the wynde, / Wi' P____k R_____n before, / And Tories a' behind.' It was to be sung to the melody, 'Comin' through the rye'.
Verse 1: 'The storm rag'd o'er ilka hill, / The wind blew hard, but Tam was still; / far, far frae hame a grave doth fill, / The warmest hearted Tammy, O.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Gloomy Winter's now awa'. The sheet does not carry any publication details.
Gathering the Sweet Mistletoe
Verse 1: 'Now, often I'm asked why I'm always so sad / When jolly King Christmas is near, / And why I prefer the country to town / At this happy time of the year? / Just listen, I'll tell you, 'twas at Christmas I fell / In love with my dear little Lou, / In a dear country glade when together we strayed / Gathering the sweet mistletoe.' A note under the title informs the readers that the ballad was 'Sung with immense success by TOM BOWLING'.
Gauger in a Pit
This news story begins: 'An account of a Gauger's Travels betwixt Edinburgh and Gilmerton, after Smuggled Whisky. His meeting with a party of Colliers, who conveyed him to the bottom of a Coal Pit ; the awful Dream he had while in the pit : with the curious Trial, and Sentence given by the Colliers.' This sheet was published by Robert Martin.
Genealogy of the Clan MacGregor
This ballad begins: 'Before Apollo had a lute / More than a hundred year, / Macgregor played on his own pipes / His Highland clan to cheer.' A note below the title states that 'This Popular Reading can always be had at the Poet's Box'. Unfortunately, it is not specified which particular Poet's Box in Scotland published this sheet and also no date of publication has been included. The list of other songs that are available for purchase from the Poet's Box makes for interesting reading, and reveals much about the type of content that was often included in broadsides.
Generous and Noble Speech of William Wallace of Elderslie at the Battle of Falkirk
This speech begins: 'AT the Battle of Falkirk, Robert Bruce (afterwards K. Robert 1st.) Son to Robert Bruce, Lord of Mannia &c: being then under English Influence'. There follows a commentary by Buchanan, and two short fables translated from Aesop.
Verse 1 begins: 'You will come no more gentle Annie, / Like a flower thy spirit did depart'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow (1852-59). There is a woodcut illustration of a well-dressed, country girl balancing two baskets included at the top.
Verse 1: 'A Noble Roman was the Root / From which Montgomerie came, / Who brought his Legion from the Wars, / And settled the same, / Upon an Hill 'twixt Rome and Spain / Gomericus by Name; / From which he and his Off-spring do / Their Sir-name still retain.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its own Proper Tune'.
Genuine and latest account
This broadside account begins: 'Genuine and latest account of the excution [sic] of John Campbell who suffered at Stirling ?'. There are no details of a date or place of publication.
This crime report begins: 'The Last Speech, Confession, and dying Declaration of JAMES M'KAEN, who was Executed at the Cross of Glasgow on a new erected Gibbet, on Wednesday the 25th of January 1797, and his body given to the Professor of Anatomy.' This report was extracted from the 'Historical Narrative of M'KAEN'S Life and Transactions', which was published by Brash and Reid of Glasgow.
Genuine Last Speeches and Dying Words of Thomas Smith and George Stephenson
Following on from the title, this crime report continues: 'Who were Executed at the West End of the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 21st of January, 1807, for the Crime of Horse Stealing; contained in Two Letters from them to their Wives, written by their own hands.' A note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published by 'Angus, Printer'.
George IV's sailing to England from Queensferry in 1822
This report opens: 'An account of his Majesty's Embarkation for England, at the Queensferry, on Thursday the 29th day of August, 1822 / Also his Majesty's / Farewell Adress / to the Scottish Nation, which he ordered his Secretary to deliver to the Lords at Edinburgh, a short time before he left that City.' The sheet was published by John Muir in Glasgow.
George's Clerk's Last Speech and Dying Words
This ballad is prefaced with text which reads: 'GEORGE CLERK'S LAST SPEECH and DYING WORDS on the Scaffold and at Pennycuick, with his farewell address to his beloved friend, Dundas, late Member for the City of Edinburgh; together with his EPITAPH.' The ballad begins: 'Dear, dear Dundas, I'm fairly gone, / What will be done, my friend? /Great grief will eat my flesh from bone, / And turn my enlarged mind.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Miller of Drone'. The broadside carries no publication details.
Ghost of Benjamin Binns
This ballad begins: 'Keep your seat if you please, and don't be afraid, / I am only a ghost, a poor harmless shade; / I would not hurt any one here if I could, / And you couldn't do me much harm if you would'. A note under the title informed readers that this popular song could be purchased from the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee. It was printed by W. Shepherd.
This report begins: 'A True and Particular Account of the Disastrous Circumstances attending the Horrible and most awful Appearance of a GHOST, which took place in a House in the High Street of Edinburgh, on Wednesday Evening, the 17th October, 1827.' What then follows is an extract from the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle of the 24th October, 1827. This broadside was printed by William Walters, and sold for one penny
This account begins: 'A particular account of the Behaviour of James Gilchrist, who was executed at the Cross of Glasgow, on Wednesday the 20th of July, 1808, pursuant to his sentence, for the cruel and barbarous murder of Margaret Brock, his wife, and his body given for dissection.' The printer was Thomas Duncan, probably the same Thomas Duncan who had printing presses in Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'My Love he was a brave Man / as ever Scotland bred, / Descended from a Highland Clan, / a Kater to his Trade.'
This report begins: 'Here you have the Melancholy and Penitent Address to the Public, by David Dobie and John Thomson, dated from their Cells in the Calton Jail, where they are now awaiting the execution of their sentence on Wednesday morning next ; and also, an affecting Letter written by David Dobie to his Wife.' Printed by Forbes and Owen, Edinburgh.
This crime report begins: 'Here you have the Melancholy and Penitent Address to the Public, by David Dobie and John Thompson, dated from their Cells in the Calton Jail, where they are now awaiting the execution of their sentence on Wednesday morning'. This account was published by Forbes and Owen of 118 High Street, Edinburgh. A handwritten note of the date, 14th August 1830, has been added.
Gilmerton Murderers, &c.
This report begins: 'A sketch of the Conduct, Transactions and Behaviour of DAVID DOBBIE and JOHN THOMSON, who were Executed on Wednesday the 18th August, for Assault, Murder and Robbery, with their Last Dying Confession, and Behaviour on the Scaffold, &c.' This sheet was published by R. Menzies of the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, and cost three-halfpence.
Verse 1: ''Tis I'm the gipsey king / Ha, ha, / And where is the king like me? / No troubles my dignities bring, / No other is half so free. / In my kingdom there is but one table, / All my subjects partake of my cheer, / We'd all drink Champagne, were we able, / as it is we have plenty of beer.' This broadside was published by J. Scott of Pittenweem, Fife, and sold by J. Wood of Edinburgh.
This ballad begins: 'There were three gipsies in a gang, / They were both brisk and bonny, O, / They rode till they came to the Earl of Castle's house / And there they sung so sweetly, O'. A woodcut illustration of two young men standing before a gentleman has been included at the top of the sheet.
Girl I left behind me and Brennan on the moor
The first ballad begins: 'Now for America I'm bound, / Against my inclination- / Yes, I must leave my native ground, / Which fills me with vexation'.
Give Me the Girl that's Tender and True
This ballad begins: 'My taste is simple, I care not for wealth, / So long as I'm blest with a good share of health; / I'll tell you my wants and I hope you'll agree- / It takes very little to satisfy me.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box / 182 OVERGATE, DUNDEE.'
Glasgow Fair on the Banks of Clyde
Verse 1: 'When I was young and youth did bloom, / Where fancy led me, I did roam; / From town to town the country round, / Through every sylvan shady grove. / Until I came from Scotland by name, / Where beauty shines on every side, / There's no town there we can compare / With Glasgow fair, on the banks of Clyde.' It was to be sung to the original tune, suggesting that both the song and melody were well-known, and was published in 1869 by the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow.