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This ballad begins: 'You married men and women give ear unto my song, / I'll tell you of a circumstance that will not keep you long; / I heard a man the other day, and he was savage as a Turk, / He was grumbling at his wife, saying she would ne'er work.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration of a woman sweeping a floor.
Lads That Were Reared Amang the Heather, Lothian Hairst, The Banks of Inverurie, and Twas in the Month of Sweet July
The first ballad begins: 'Our famed British regiments are faithful and brave, / And never were known to have ears'. The second ballad begins: 'On August twall frae Aiberdeen, / We sailed on board the Prince'. The third ballad begins: 'One day as I was walking, and as I did pass, / On the banks of Inverurie I met a bonnie lass'. The fourth ballad begins: ''Twas in the month of sweet July, / Before the sun had pierced the sky'.
Lady Ann's New Mill
This ballad begins: 'A Wake now Muse, and so Peruse / Thy self now in this bit of time / Help me to use and abuse / Some sense now in this piece of Ryme; / And so to Write, that no debate, / May after Threaten, Hurt or Kill.'
Lady's Answer to the Sev'ral Little Satyres on the Hoop'd Petticoats
This poem begins: 'Provok'd at length by such inhumane Spite, / Such sordid Stuff, we're now compell'd to write; / And who'd contain, when some so void of Sense, / Attempt to ridicule that sacred Fence'.
Lady's Answer, to the Sev'ral little Satyres on the Hoop'd Petticoats
This ballad begins: 'Provock'd at length by such unhumane Spite, / Such sordid Stuff, we're now compelled to write; / And who'd complain, when some so void of Sence, / Attempt to ridicule that sacred Fence . . . '
Lady's Version of Pretty Little Nell the Farmer's Daughter
Verse 1: Now I am not a fast young lady, / Nor do I lead a fashionable life, / For my father is a farmer / In a village down in Fife, / And I am his only daughter, / And he calls me pretty Nell, / And I am often seen with a pitcher, / Drawing water from the well.' The sheet does not contain any publication details, but a note beneath the title states that the song was 'Written and Composed expressly for Miss NELL MOONEY, by Mr James A. Kerr, Edinburgh.'
Laird of D--mm--e
The first verse reads: 'The Laird of D--mm--e he's gude and he's great, / He's ta'en up his head wi' affairs o' the state, / A Parliament-man he's determin'd to be, / O what wad ye think o' the Laird an M.P.' It was advertised as a new song to an old tune and was to be sung to 'The Laird of Cockpen'.
Lament for Dr Pritchard's Children
This lament begins: 'Oh, you kind hearted people think of Pritchard's children, / Who are five in number that are left to mourn / For the loss of their mother that reared them so tender, / And their grandmother too, who will never return.'
Lament of Macfarlane, Blackwood and Young
The first lament begins: 'EACH feeling heart pray lend an ear / Unto this mournful tale, / It will draw a tear of sympathy, / I'm sure it cannot fail ; / It's of three wretched criminals, / In prison now we lie, / For the murder of Alexander Boyd / We are condemned to die.'
Lament of Mr Taylor
The lament reads: 'As I was walking one evening of late, / A Reverend old man I chanced for to meet ; / His name was Michael Taylor I must let you know, / But his fate was overshadowed with great grief and woe.' Taylor's lament was 'For his wife and daughter, who were cruelly poisened by the daughters husband, / DR PRITCHARD, / who is now lying under sentence of death, in the Prison of Glasgow to be executed on the 28th July, 1865.'
Lament of Peter Mclean, now lying under the Sentence of Death
This lamentation begins: 'Come all kind hearted Christians, likewise my comrades dear, / Unto my lamentation I pray you lend an ear ; / I am a poor unfortunate man, I've brought myself to shame, / By straying in the ways of vice, myself I have to blame.'
This lamentation begins: 'PETER HENDERSON, late Letter Stamper in the General Post Office, Edinburgh, and who is to be Executed here on Wednesday the 16th July, 1828, for abstracting Money from and Destroying the Letters.' This broadside was printed in Edinburgh for William Henry, and was priced at one penny.
This report begins: 'Lamentation of George Giechrist, who is to be Executed at Edinburgh, on Wednesday morning the 3d. August instant for the Robbing of the Prince Regent Coach, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, on the 24th. of March 1831.' This sheet was published by George Craig of Edinburgh. A 'lamentation' was an act of expressing grief, regret and perhaps atonement.
Lamentation for George Gilchrist, Under sentence of Death in Edinburgh
This lamentation begins: 'Come all ye night walkers a warning take by me, / Now I have received my sentence to die most shamefully / On the third day of August, at the head of Libberton Wynd, / You will behold my wretch fate, a warning take in time.'
Lamentation for King George and the old parliament
This lamentation begins: 'The Tnicklarian Doctor's Lamentation For the Absence of his Majesty King George, and the old Antient Parliament'. 'Tincklarian' or 'tinclarian' is a Scots word meaning 'tinker-like'. A note at the bottom of the sheet reads: 'Edinburgh, Printed for the author R.S, and to be Sold at his Dwelling-House at the head of the College-Wynd'.
Lamentation of Elizabeth Banks
This execution notice begins: 'Presently lying under Sentence of Death in the Calton-Hill Jail, and who is to be Executed at Edinburgh on Monday the 3d day of August next'. It was published by Sanderson of the High Street, Edinburgh.
Lamentation of Elizabeth Banks
This broadside begins: 'Lamentation of Elizabeth Banks, Presently lying under Sentence of Death in the Calton-Hill Jail, and who is to be Executed at Edinburgh on Monday the 3d day of August next, for the Horrid and Barbarous Murder of PETER BANKS, her husband, at Pathhead, by giving him a quantity of Arsenic in a dose of Epsom Salts on the 28th of April last, of which he died the same day in great agony.' It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh in 1835.
Lamentation of George Gilchrist
This text begins: 'Now under sentence of death in Edinburgh. / If I had been contented, and carried on my trade, / I would have been much happier, and money would have made, / But I was hast'ning to be rich, and fell into a snare, Which I would tell to every one to make them all beware.' This sheet was published by J. Neil & Co.
Lamentation of Mary Braid
This broadside begins: 'LAMENTATION OF MARY BRAID, Who is to be Executed at Edinburgh, on Monday the 17th day of February'. After a futher description of the crime, there follow two verses, one bemoaning recent crimes in Scotland, the other apparently a lamentation by the condemned woman, which begins, 'Oh, all who hear of my sad state / Oh, pity my poor case' This broadside was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh, in 1834.
Lamentation of Nicol Mucshet of Boghall
This lamentation begins: 'THE SORROWFUL LAMENTATION OF NICOL MUCSHET of BOGHALL. Who was execute in the Grass-Market of Edinburgh, on the 6th. of January, 1721. For murdering of his Wife: With his last Dying Speech, and Farewell to the World.'
Lamentation of Peter Henderson
This ballad is prefaced with a short prose introduction which reads: 'Lamentation of PETER HENDERSON, late Letter Stamper in the General Post Office, Edinburgh, and who is to be Executed here on Wednesday the 16th July, 1828, for abstracting Money from and Destroying the Letters.' The ballad begins: 'O all who hear of my sad state, / Oh pity my dire case'. The broadside was published by William Henry of Edinburgh and priced at one penny.
Lamentation of the Butchers Wives in Musleburgh for Weighting of the Flesh
This lamentation begins: 'SOme Boutcher's Wives got in a fine Soup. / Wi turning of the Chapen Stoup, / Clashing wi Drunken Bessie Shaw, / The fouest Coarse among thnm a'. The sheet is undated and there are no publication details given.
Lamentation on the Loss of the Whittle
This ballad begins: 'My whittle's lost! yet I dinna ken; / Lat's ripe - lat's ripe my pouch again / Na! I ha'e turn'd ower a that's in'd, / But ne'er a whittle can I find'. 'Whittle' is a Scots word for a sharp knife, and 'ripe' is Scots for 'search'. There are no publication details given on this broadside.
Lamentation, and last Farewell
This lamentation continues: 'Of Serjeant William Ainslie, who was executed over the Castle-Wall of Edinburgh for High Treason and Treachery, on Monday the 24th of December, 1716.'
This report begins: 'An account taken from this day's Star. of the affecting behaviour and sorrowful situation of Thomas Black, who is to be Executed next Wednesday, when the respite for Reid was announced to him. Also, the sorrowful Lamentation on this awful occasion.' The report was copied from the Edinburgh Star of Friday, 5th December 1823
Lamentations As of John Thomson & David Dobie
This report begins: 'The two unfortunate men now under sentence of Death in the Calton Jail, and who are to be executed at Edinburgh, on the 18th of August 1830,and their bodies to be given to Dr. Monro for dissection, for the assault, murder and robbery of Margaret Paterson.'
Lamentations of McFarlane, Blackwood and Young
The lamentation begins: 'Come all you young people a warning take by us three, / We are unhappy creatures that are condemned to die, / All for that horrid murder that we have lately done. / On the body of Alexander Boyd on the twelfth day of June.' It was to be sung to the air, the 'Husband's Dream'. The text under the title informs the reader that the three accused were 'At present lying in Glasgow Jail, under the awful sentence of Death for the murder of / ALEXANDER BOYD, / In the New Vennel, Glasgow, on Sunday Morning, 12th June, 1853'.
Lamenting the death of John Kennedy
This broadside begins: 'Auld Reekie's Lament for John Kennedy, LATE OF THE EDINBURGH-CITY GUARD, Who Died October 1832, above Eighty years of age, -the best of which time he spent in Edinburgh. He was beloved by all who knew him, for his simplicity and kindly deportment.' The lamentation begins (sung to the tune of 'Johny Cope'): 'JOHN KENNEDY is e'en awa, / The best o' men we ever saw'. An epitaph has also been included, along with a witty anecdote involving the deceased.
Landing of Royal Charlie
Verse 1 begins: 'AROUSE! arouse! Ilk kilted clan, / Let High'land hearts lead on the van'. It was published by T.Birt of 10 Great St Andrews Street, London. A woodcut of the crest of the Prince of Wales has been included above the title.
Large Coal Shed
Verse 1: 'My name is Dennis Docherty, a well to old man, / And I try to rare my famely as dasen't as I can, / I am just a few years over, and some money I have made, / And now I am the master, of a large coal shed.' This sheet was printed by William Shephe4r