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This broadside begins: 'An HABBIACK ELEGY on the untimely and deplorable Death of Robert F-----s Kirk Treasurer's Man, who dy'd November 3d. 1724.' The elegy begins: 'GREET a ye Bairns and bearded Fo'k, / Sic News would pierce a Heart of Rock'.
Habbie Simpson and his wife
This story begins: 'Or, A New Way of Raising the Wind. / This story with many others was first introduced and made popular by the late James Livingstone, the best comic Singer and Scotch Story-Teller.' This sheet was published by James Kay of Glasgow. The sheet is one of a series as indicated by the number in the bottom right corner, although this sheet could have been purchased for a penny.
This crime account begins: 'The Life, History, and Transaction of Robert Emonds, with his Confession of the manner in which he committed the Murders; also the Life and History of his wife, and Mrs Franks and her daughter.' This sheet was published by Glass, on Monday 15th February . Two woodcuts are included on this sheet to increase its attractiveness and it would have sold for, unusually, two pence a sheet.
This ballad begins: 'Attention, freens, and listen while I sing to you a song, / And tell ye what I think is richt, and what I think is wrang, / Owre a' the principal topics, I'll rin in succession quick, / And gie you my opinion o' the hale rick-ma-tick.' It was to be sung to the tune 'Whole Hog or None'. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet's Box, 79 London Street, Glasgow, on Saturday, 8th February, 1879. However, another date on the sheet, reading 'D.-2-11-1872', indicates that this is a reprint of an older ballad.
Verse 1 begins: 'I mind when I courted my ain wifie Jean / Tho' often I gaed, she seldom was seen'. It was published by Robert MacIntosh of 203 Gallowgate, Glasgow. There is no date attached.
This ballad begins: 'mind when I conrted my ain wifie Jean / Though often I gaed, she little was seen, / For her faither-the elder- like a' godly men, / Aye steekit his door about half-past ten.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Hanoverian, and Whigs Rant
Verse 1: 'LEt Royal GEORGE come over, / We'll have none but Hanover, / With Heart in Hand and Royal Band, / We'll welcome Him all over, / Of Royal Birth and Breeding, / And every Grace Exceeding, / Our Hearts will mourn till He Return, / Our Laws they lay a Bleeding.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'Sit thee down my Philis'.
Hansel Poem of the Deliverers of the Mid-Lothian Advertiser
Verse 1: 'Respectit Freen's, baith great an' sma', / In hamely rhyme we greet ye a', / Sincerely hopin' Sixty-twa, / Whan dead an' gane, / May leave within ilk hoose an' ha' / Nae grief or pain.' The authorship of the poem is credited to 'one of themselves', 'themselves' being a reference to the 'Deliverers' of the title. The sheet carries no publication details.
Hare's Confession and Death !
This crime report begins: 'Awful Death and Confession of HARE, the notorious associate of Burke, the West Port murderer, who died in the parish of Orrey, County of Tyrone, on Saturday, the 29th May, 1841.' This sheet was published by G. Whitelaw
The ballad begins: 'Good people all give ear to what I say, / 'Twill make your very blood run cold, / And fill you with dread dismay, / When the truth to you I've told.' This broadside was priced at one penny. The sheet has had two related articles pasted to it. One is an advertisement for a full report of the trial of William Burke and Helen McDougal, for the murder of Margery Campbell. The other is a short report from the Edinburgh Evening Post claiming that 'investigation into the late criminal transactions has been renewed'.
Harp of Caledonia
Verse 1: 'WHEN Scotia tun'd her rustic lyre, / And bad her sons to fame aspire, / To touch wi' nature's glowan fire, / The harp of Caledonia.' This sheet was published by Carse of 36 Prince's Street, Glasgow.
Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls
This ballad begins: 'The harp that once through Tara's hall / The sound of music shed, / Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls, / As if that soul were fled.' It was published in 1875, by the Poet's Box of 80 London Street, Glasgow. The address has been partially obscured - possibly the publisher went into liquidation or moved premises.
Harper o' Mull
Verse 1: 'WHEN Rosie was faithful, how happy was I, / Still gladsome as simmer the time glided by, / I play'd my harp cheery, while fondly I sang, / Of the charms of my Rosie the winter nights lang; / But now I'm as wofu' as wofu' can be, / Come simmer, come winter, tis a' ane to me; / For the dark gloom of falsehood sae clouds my sad soul, / That cheerless for ay is the Harper o' Mull.' The sheet carries no publication details.
Hatton Woods or The Bonnie Woods o' Hatton
Verse 1: 'Ye comrades and companions, and all ye females dear, / To my sad lamentations, I pray you lend an ear ; / There was once I lo'ed a bonnie lass, I lo'ed her as my life, / And it was my whole intention to make her my wedded wife.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee.
Haughs o' Crumdel
This ballad begins: 'As I came in by Auchendown, / A little wee bit frae the town, / Unto the Highlands I was bound / To view the Haughs of Crumdel.' The publisher and date of publication are unknown, but the number 79 in the bottom right corner suggests it is part of a sequence. A 'haugh' is a low-lying piece of ground.
The first verse begins: 'Heather Jock was stark and grim, / Faught wi' a' would fecht wi' him; / Swauk and supple, sharp and thin, / Fine for gaun against the win''. 'Swack' in this instance probably means 'nimble' or 'agile'. The chorus reads: 'Heather Jock's noo awa, / Heather Jock's noo awa, / The muircock noo may crously craw, / Since Heather Jock's noo awa.' 'Crously' is Scots for 'proudly' or 'boldly'.
This ballad begins with the chorus: 'Heather Jock's noo awa, / Heather Jock's noo awa, / The muircock noo may crousely craw, / Since Heather Jock's noo awa.' The opening line of verse one reads: 'Heather Jock was stark and grim'.
This execution notice begins: 'A Letter from Helen Hutton, who was Execute at Haddington, on Friday last, the 25th of February, written to her Mother a few Days before her Execution.' This sheet was published in Edinburgh in 1726.
Her Majesty's Accession to the Crown
This broadside begins: 'The true Copy of a Paper stuck upon the D. of M----'s Gate at St James's, on the 8th of March, being the Day of her Majesty's Accession to the Crown.' No publication details have been included on this sheet.
Here's a Health to Aytoun!
Verse 1: 'Here's a health to Aytoun, / Health and wealth to Aytoun; / He's the man we understan'- / Here's success to Aytoun!' The text preceding this reads: 'A New Song. / TUNE. - Carle an' the King come.' There is a woodcut illustration of two men sitting beside a huge alcohol barrel in a cellar.
Here's a Health to Aytoun, a New Song
This political ballad begins: 'The Tories they have had their day / The lang-tongued Whigs have had their say'. The chorus begins: 'Here's a Health to Aytoun, / Health and wealth to Aytoun'. A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune 'Carle an' the King Come'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Jamie Aytoun suggests that it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
He's or'e the Hills and Far Away
Verse 1: 'I Must or'e Lands and Seas repass, / Face Summers Suns and Winters glass, / Rude Hurry Canes I must endure, / Never wake, nor Sleep, nor rest Secure, / Where Savage Moors makes their abode / And Humane Foot have never trode; / There I perhaps whole years must stay / While she I love is far away.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its Own Proper Tune'.
Hieroglyphic Love Letter
This highly unusual broadside letter begins: 'REAL COPY of a CURIOUS LOVE LETTER, chiefly in HIEROGLYPHIC CHARACTERS, written by a Love-struck Painter of this City to the object of his affections, a sprightly nursery-maid in a respectable family residing at the west end of the Town.' Although not dated, the sheet was published in Edinburgh by Sanderson.
Hieroglyphic Love Letter
The letter is addressed to Dear Isabella and, with the use of rather novel hieroglyphics, begins: 'Hoping the goodness of your heart will excuse my presumption, I have at last been induced to offer you my hand, dreading the farther competition of a certain one eyed maker of shoes . . .' It was published by Sanderson of the High Street, Edinburgh, and was made available to 'Travellers and Hawkers'.
High Court of Justiciary
This public notice begins: 'Edinburgh, Monday, 1st March 1841. / GRACE ANDERSON, a servant in the British Hotel, Queen Street, pled Guilty to the Concealment of Pregnancy'. It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh.
Verse 1: 'The Lawland Lads think they are fine, / But O they're vain and idly gawdy, / How much unlike that graceful Mien, / and manly Looks of my Highland Laddie: / O my bonny Highland Laddie, / my handsome smiling Highland Laddie / may Heav'n still guard and love reward, / the Lawland Lass and her Highland Laddie.' The text below the title reads 'Set by Mar Arne and Sung by Mt Mattocks at the Theatre RL. In Drury Lane'.
Highland Man's Lament
This execution notice begins: 'For the death of Donald Bayn, alias M'evan Vanifranck, who was Execute in the Grass Market of Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 9th Day of January 1723.' The lament begins:'TOnald Bayn her nane dear Shoy, / Maks a' Folk sad save Robin Roy'.
Highland Man's Lament
Verse 1: 'Tonald Bayn, her nane dear Shoy, / Maks a' Folk sad save Robin Roy / Who kend him sin he was a Boy, / her nane sell Swons, / To think he'd hangs like Gilderoy, by Loulan Louns.' The lament is 'For the Death of Donald Bayn, alias M'evan Vanifranck, who was Execute in the Grass Market of Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 9th Day of January 1723' and added in pencil: ['For Robbery he dyed denying most of the crimes he was condemned for'].
The text preceeding this ballad begins: 'The "Castle of Montgomery" referred to in this beautiful effusion was that of Collsfield, near Tarbolton.' The ballad itself begins: 'Ye banks and braes and streams around / The Castle o' Montgomery'. A nicely executed woodcut representing a rather well-dressed Highland Mary decorates the top of the sheet.
Highland Minstrel Boy
Verse 1: 'I hae wander'd mony a night in June / Along the bank's o' Clyde, / Beneath a bright and bonnie moon, / Wi' Mary by my side; / A summer was she to my e'e, / And to my heart a joy, / And weel she lo'ed to roam wi' me, / Her Highland Minstrel Boy, / I hae wander'd, &c.'