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Rake in Fetters, or the Marriage Mouse Trap
This humorous ballad begins: 'Of all the simple Things I know, / To rub o'er a whimsical Life, / There's ne'r a Folly half so true, / As that very bad Bargain a Wife'. It is undated. No tune is given.
Rambler from Clair
Verse 1: 'The first of my courtship that ever was known, / I straight took my way from the county Tyrone; / Where mang pretty fair maids they used me well there / They called me the stranger or Rambler from Clair.' The broadside was published by Robert McIntosh. The date and place of publication are not given, but it is likely that this was the Robert McIntosh who operated from King Street, Glasgow, in the mid-nineteenth century.
This ballad begins: 'Nansey's to the Green. Wood gane, / To hear the Lintwhite chattering / And Willie's follow'd her alane; / To gain her Love by flattering. / But all that he could do or say, / She snuft and sneered at him, / And ay when he began to Woe, She had him mind wha gat him.'
Rare New Song
This ballad begins: 'NOW, now comes on the glorious Year, / Britain's hope, and France's fear; / Lewis the War has cost so dear, / He slyly peace does tender . . . ' A note below the title states that the ballad was sung 'To the Tune of CAPING-TRADE'.
Verse 1 begins: 'In Westminster, not long ago, / There lived a rat-catcher's daughter - / She was not born in Westminster, / But on t'other side of the water. / Her father kill'd rats, and she sold sprats; / All round and over the water, / And the gentlefolks they all bought sprats / Of the pretty rat-catcher's daughter'.
Receipt to Make a Lord-Pudding
This political notice begins: 'TAKE of the several simples of natural parts, two grains of each; of the compound of learning, three scruples; the corpus juris, half a pound'. There are no further details attached to this publication.
Recent Gilmerton Murder!
This crime report begins: 'The Latest Account of interesting particulars relative to these most Iniquitous and Horrid Transactions, which lately took place near Gilmerton, in the County of Edinburgh. / (Extracted from the North Briton Newspaper of this day, Wednesday, 5th May 1830).' This sheet was published by John Craig.
Recent Gilmerton murder!
This report begins: 'The Latest Account of interesting particulars relative to these most Iniquitous and Horrid Transactions, which lately took place near Gilmerton, in the county of Edinburgh. (Extracted from the North Briton newspaper of this day, Wednesday 5th May 1830.)' This sheet was published by John Craig of Edinburgh.
Verse 1: 'God prosper long our noble king, / Our lives and safeties all, / I'll sing of murders that till now, / Did never yet befal'. The text preceding this reads: 'A NEW SONG. / Tune, - "Chevy Chase"'. There are no publication details attached.
Recitation. My Dear Old Saxhorn
The first verse begins: 'I love thee, I prize thee, and who can scorn / Or chide me for loving my dear tenor horn? / Together we've journeyed for many long years, / And the thoughts of our parting would cause bitter tears.' The name of the author has been included: 'J. Williams, Formerly of the Band XL Regt.'
Recruiting Sergeant: Or, a Poem on the Gentleman Voluntiers
This sheet begins: 'Quid non pro Patria'. The ballad itself begins: 'Fam'd Scotia's Sons once more comes to the Plain, / Nor fears the Tempests of the raging Main'.
Red, White and Blue
This ballad begins: 'Brittania the gem of the ocean, / The home of the brave and the free, / The shrine of each patriot's devotion, / This world offers homage to thee.' The sheet was published by McIntosh, of 96 King Street, Calton, which is probably Glasgow. A woodcut of a sailing ship adorns the top of the sheet.
This public notice begins: 'AN anonymous PLACARD having been stuck up in various places, stating that the REFORM BILL had been read a third time and passed in the House of Lords, without any opposition . . .' It was published by D. Fair of Galashiels, probably in 1832.
Reformed Drunkard, An Answer to the Raggit Wean
This ballad begins: 'Wi' a sair heart I wander and think on days that's gane, / I hear the young anes singing o' the drunkard's raggit wean; / I ken' the tales ower true, when I turn my e'en on hame, / Farewell unto the drunkard's cup, from drinking I'll refrain.' It was published by Robert McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow.
Relief of Mafeking
This poem begins: 'Success to Colonel Baden-Powell and his praises loudly sing, / For being so brave in relieving Mafeking'. The piece was composed in June 1900, after the success of Colonel Baden-Powell's (1857-1941) operation against the Boers in South Africa.
Reply to the Scots Answer to the British Vision
This broadside begins: 'HAIL noble Lord of Parts immense, / Mighty in Language and profound in Sense; / How shall an humble Muse thy Glory / And in her meaner Songs attempt thy Praise.'
Resignation of Ministery
This political notice begins: 'A Full, True and particular Account of the Surprising and Much Reted News just received by the this Evenings London Mail, of the Resignation of EARL GREY and the Present Ministery'. This article was then copied from the 'Caledonian Mercury' of the 29th April 1833, on to this broadside.
Respite for a Month
This broadside crime report begins: ' Copy Letter, relative to the Case of these three unfortunate young Boys CHARLES M'LAREN, THOMAS GRIERSON, and JAMES M'EWEN, who were lately sentenced to be Executed at Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 12th February, 1823, for Housebreaking and Theft; but who have been Respited for one Month longer.' It was published by James McLean of Edinburgh.
Respite for William Grieve
This report begins: 'An account of a respite for fourteen days having arrived for WILLIAM GRIEVE, who lies under sentence of Death in Edinburgh for Rape, and who was to have been executed this day (Wednesday) ; together with a copy of original VERSES on the occasion.' Printed by Francis McCartney.
Respite of James Wemyss
This public notice begins: 'This unhappy man, who was to have been executed this morning, has received a respite of his fatal sentence for the period of ten days'. It was published in Edinburgh, on Monday 6th April, 1840, by Sanderson.
This broadside report begins: 'Full, True and Particular Account of the seizure of the Body of an Old Woman, on Saturday Night, the 8th instant, at the head of Infirmary Street, on its way to Surgeon's Square; with an acconnt of that Horrid and Awful event which took place at Falkirk where a Woman was carried off by three men and supposed to be Burked.' Although no date of publication is included, the subject matter suggests it was probabably printed in the 1830s. The sheet was published by John Campbell of Edinburgh.
Return o' the Gallowgate Lad
Verse 1: 'I'm as happy as a queen, and the day gangs alang / Like an hour in the month o' May, / Said young Maggie Benson, wi'a face fu o' smiles, / For my lad's come back the day. / Aye, and mony's the lang weary nicht I've passed / Since my love bade me gudebye; / I never thocht I'd leeve to see this happy day, / For I've done nocht but cry. ' This ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'My Love Nell', and was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee.
Rime of the Ancient Harridan
Verse 1: 'It is an ancient harridan, / A provost stoppeth she; / "By thy red hair and bandy gown, / Now wherefore stoppest thou me?"' This ballad was written by Alvan Marlaw, 'Apologizing to the shade of Coleridge'. It was printed by Lowden Macartney at the Poet's Box in Overgate, Dundee, priced one penny.
Riot at Dumfries! Hares arrival
This broadside news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Reception of WILLIAM HARE, one of the West Port Murderers, at Dumfries, on Friday morning last, on his way to Ireland!' Although this sheet does not include the name of the publisher, the story was sourced from 'The Edinburgh Evening Courant' of February the 9th, 1829, and cost one penny.
Riot at Dumfries! Hares Arrival
This crime report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Reception of WILLIAM HARE, one of the West Port Murderers, at Dumfries, on Friday morning last, on his way to Ireland!' This report was sourced from the 'Edinburgh Evening Courant' of the 9th February 1829 and the sheet would have cost one penny to buy.
Riot at Musselburgh
This news report begins: 'A full and particular account of a most serious and distressing RIOT which took place on Musselburgh Links yesterday, Thursday, 31st of July, 1823, between the Irish, & Colliers, and Salters, with a full account of how it originated, and the number of the Killed and Wounded.'
Riot in Stirling, 1823
This news report begins: 'An account of a serious riot which took place in Stirling on Saturday the 19th April, 1823. when two disturbers of the Dead were almost torn to pieces by the populace, and a party of soldiers being brought from the Castle to quell the riot, fired on the mob, when several persons were wounded.'
Riot outside Dr. Robert Knox?s house, Edinburgh over Burke and Hare
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Riot which took place in Edinburgh on Thursday last ; also of the Hoax played off on a Celebrated Doctor.'
Riot; or, Half a Loaf is Better than No Bread
This ballad begins: 'TOM. / COME, neighbours, no longer be patient and quiet / Come let us go kick up a bit of a riot; / I am hungry, my lads, but I've little to eat, / Sio we'll pull down the mills, and seize all the meat: / I'll give you good sport, boys, as ever you saw, / Sp a fig for the Justice, a fig for the law.' It was to be sung to the tune of 'A Cobler there was'. The broadside was published by R. Morison of Perth and is not priced or dated.
This crime report begins: 'A Full and Particular Accounnt of these Great Riots and Mobs that took place at Dundee, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last, the 6th, 7th and 8th July, 1830, when Three Men lost their Lives, and about 200 severely wounded! By an Eye-witness.' The sheet was published by William Robertson of Edinburgh. Illegible, handwritten dates have been scribbled on the sheets.