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Life, Sufferings, and Death of Janet Fleming
This narrative begins: 'Daughter of a respectable Farmer near Dunse who was seduced by a profligate young Nobleman - - brought to Edinburgh, and kept in the greatest splendour [f]or sometime and then cruelly deserted and thrown upon the town'. A bedside-mourning woodcut has been included in the middle of the page to heighten the drama.
Liggar Lady and Arthur's Seat
The first ballad begins: 'I Will away, and I will not tarry, / I will away with a Sojer Laddy, / I'll mount my Baggage and make it ready, / I will away with a Sojer Laddy.'The text preceeding it reads: 'THE / LIGGAR LADY, / OR, THE / LADIES LOVE / TO A / SOLDIER. / To the Tune, of Mount the Baggage, &c.'
Light Of Other Days
This ballad begins: 'The light of other days is faded, / And all their glories past; / For grief with heavy wing hath shaded, / The hopes too bright to last . . . ' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this highly popular song can only be had in the Poet's Box', and that the ballad should be sung to an original tune. The sheet was printed on the Saturday morning of August 28th, 1858, and cost one penny.
Lily of the Vale
This ballad begins: 'Come, flow'ret, come hither, thy sweets shall not wither, / Unsheltered here beneath the chilling gale; / d mem'ries they waken of scenes now forsaken, / And her we called our lily of the vale.' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this favourite song can only be had in the POET'S BOX', and that the ballad should be sung to an original air. The sheet was printed on Saturday March 2nd, 1867, and cost one penny.
Lines on the Dreadful Murder of Four Catholic Clergymen by the Turks in Bulgaria
Verse 1: 'You Catholics all both great and small, / I hope you will draw near, / For very mournful is the news / That I have brought you here; / It's of a dreadful massacre / That has took place near Conpore, / By which four holy clergymen / Were martyred in their gore.' Unfortunately, the name of the printer and date of publication have not been included on this sheet.
Lines On The Gilmerton Murder
This ballad begins: 'There was these murderers Emond, Stewart, Burk and Hare, / These men to take men?s lives they did not care ; / Their victims by some means speedily dispatched away, / But the female in torture a long time did lay. / When her murderers forced their lust to fulfil, / Afterwards the wretches the body would kill ; / But the soul was far beyond these wretches reach, / A lesson to all such heathens for to teach.' Published by Robert Hodge, Edinburgh.
Lines on the Loss of the Glasgow and Londonderry Steam-Ship "Falcon"
Verse 1: 'You people of Scotland I pray give attention, / A sad dismal story you quickly shall hear, / Concerning the wreck of the steam-ship the Falcon, / Which for Londonderry away she did steer. / On the fifth day of January she sailed from Glasgow, / The Falcon so proudly dashed o'er the salt waves, / With sixty-three persons on board of that vessel, / The most of them now has found watery graves.'
Lines on the Terrific Explosion at Moss End
Verse 1 begins: 'Good people all now give attention, / Young and old of each degree'. The location of 'Moss End' is not specified, suggesting that the accident was well reported at the time and so the readers would have been up-to-speed on such detail.
Lines Supposed to have Been Written by Mrs Wilson, Daft Jamie's Mother
Following on from the title, the prologue continues: 'On ascertaining the Way and Manner her son had been basely murdered in the [W]est Port, by WILLIAM BURKE and WILLIAM HARE.' The ballad begins: 'O my son, why did you wander, / Why so far away from home'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh, in 1829. To the left of the ballad is an eye-witness report, describing how a Glasgow mob pelted William Hare's wife with stones.
Lines Written on the Occasion of the Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn
Verse 1 begins: 'The grand June sun with regal sway / Has through the solstice gone'. The poem, by Agnes H. Bowie is inscribed to Wallace Bruce, the American Consul at Edinburgh and Theodore Napier of Magdala, President of the Scottish National Association of Victoria. It was published on the 24th June 1893, by C. Harvey of Stirling.
List and public announcement concerning horse racing on the sands at Leith, Edinburgh, in 1728
This broadside, a hybrid of list and public announcement, begins: 'List of the Horses book'd, That are to run for the Fifty Pound Sterling Plate, set out by the Town of Edinburgh, to be run for on Friday the 14. of June instant, on the Sands at Leith.' After naming the horses, riders and owners, the writer tells his audience the exact time when the race will start. Although the sheet was published in Edinburgh in 1728, the publisher is not identified.
List of all the Prisoners who are to stand their Trials before the High Court of Justiciary next Week
This list begins: 'Just published, a correct list of the 64 Prisoners who are to stand their trials before the High Court of Justiciary during the course of next week ; giving the names and different crimes for which they are charged, and the particular day on which they are to be tried ; taken from the best authority. Printed by Forbes & Co., Edinburgh.
This ballad begins: 'They told him gently she was gone, / And spoke of Heaven and smiled, / And drew him from the lonely room / Where lay the lovely child.'
Lives and Transactions of the Gilmerton Murderers, Dobie and Thomson
This report begins: 'Full, True and Particular Account of the Lives and Transactions of David Dobie and John Thomson, the Gilmerton Murderers, together with a very full and most correct account of their conduct and declarations in the Lock-up-house, on the night before the execution, and on their last moments on the scaffold, all extracted from the Courant Newspaper.' No publisher is named for this broadside, though the story has been sourced from the 'Courant' newspaper.
Llast speech of Richard Broxup
This broadside begins: 'THE LAST SPEECH, CONFESSION, AND DYING DECLARATION OF RICHARD BROXUP, Who was executed at the west End of the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 11th of February, 1801, for the Crimes of picking Locks and Theft.' It was first published by J. Morren of Edinburgh and re-published by Thomas Duncan, Saltmarket, Glasgow.
Loch na Garr and Feyther's Old Sow
'Loch Na Garr' begins: 'Away, ye gay landscapes! Ye gardens of roses, / In you let the minions of luxury rove'. 'Feyther's Old Sow' begins: 'Good morrow, Miss Biddy, pray how do you do / I dare say you gusses at what I become about'. The broadside was published by Harkness, printer, of Church Street in Preston. It does not carry a date of publication.
Lochiel's Warning (New Version)
This ballad begins: 'LOCHIEL! LOCHIEL! Beware of the day / When Sir Kenneth shall meet you in battle array ; / The close of the struggle looms clear on my sight, / And the ranks of the Tories are scattered in flight.' The original poem was written by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), about Donald Cameron of Lochiel (c.1700- 48), who was a highly-regarded Highland chief, and supporter of the Jacobite cause.
This ballad begins: 'One night I wanted lodgings in a country town, / And to a cozy cottage I was led, / When the landlady informed me, as her lodger was away, / She'd agre[e]d that I should take the lodger's bed'. It was published and distributed by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee, and probably sold for one penny.
Long Lent, 1685; or, a Vindication of the Feasts, against those Three Great Horned Beasts
Verse 1: 'Lent fourty Work dayes ever was, / With just six Sundayes more; / But three Horn'd Beasts at Aberdeen / Intends to make three score. / For now they want but only fix, / As clearly may appear; / And if they continue with their old tricks, / They shall want none nixt year.' This should be sung 'To the tune of Robin Hood and the Tanner'. The 'three Horn'd Beasts' are named as 'John Forbes, Master Duncan Lidel, / With his sone George to tune their fidle.'
Long Live Good Buccleuch
This broadside begins: 'WRITTEN FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE Majority of THE EARL OF DALKEITH 9TH September 1852'. This ballad begins: 'CHEER! Cheer! Ettrick and Teviotdale ; / Let hill and dale echo cheers hearty and true'. This broadside was published by James Dalgleish of the High Street, Hawick, and probably sold for one penny. It includes a decorative border and slogans supporting the Earl.
Lord Advocate's Address to Auld Reekie's Sons, and the ballad 'Francis Jeffrey'
This broadside is a hybrid of a public address by the Lord Advocate and a ballad. Signed with the initials, 'W.G.', the public address on the sheet praises the 'independent spirit' of Edinburgh's menfolk, while urging them to read 'the Edinburgh Review'. The ballad is called 'Francis Jeffrey' and begins: 'OH! JEFFREY! welcome to your town / She prays an' greets you as a boon'. A note below the song's title states that it should be sung to the tune of 'Johnny Cope'. Although no publication details are included on the sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was probably published around the mid-1830s.
Verse 1: 'Young Beigham was a noble Lord, / A noble lord of high degree, / he got himself on board a ship, / some foreign countries for to see. / He sailed east he sailed west, / till he came to Turkey, / Till he was taken and put in prison, / Till of his life he grew quite weary.'
Lord Nicholson's Court
This advertisement begins: 'LORD NICHOLSON, FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, WILL HOLD A COURT In the Music Hall, George Street, ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4, 1848.' The text at the foot of the page reads: 'Doors open at 8 - The Court will sit at Half-past 8 o'clock. Admission - Body of the Hall, 3s.; Sides and Under the Gallery, 2s; Gallery, 1s.' The broadside was published by James Brydone of 17 South Hanover Street, Edinburgh.
Loss of the Benlomond steam boat!
This news report begins: 'A full and particular account of the Loss of the Benlomond Steam Boat, in the Firth of Forth, this morning, when on her passage from Newhaven to Alloa and Stirling.' The publisher was Francis McCartney of Edinburgh.
Loss of the Frances Mary
Verse 1: 'Ye mariners and landsmen come listen unto me, / While unto you I do relate the dangers of the sea, / For the loss of the Francis Mary will grieve your to woe, / Of all the dreadful hardships that we did undergo.'
Loss of the Princess Alice and The Parrot and the Old Arm Chair
This broadside contains two ballads. The first ballad begins: 'How many thousands have found a grave / aneath the ever rolling wave, / And day by day the list we swell, / Another loss we have to tell.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to a tune called 'Sailor's Grave'. Although the sheet is not dated, the topic of the first ballad suggests it was published around September 1878.
Verse 1: 'Oh! once I was gay as the lark in May, / And my young heart beat in tune; / While my way was bright, and my step was light / As the linnet's wing in June; / but sad and alone in my grief I've grown, / And all day I now complain, / For I've lost every bliss in a world like this, / Buried deep is sweet Lottie Lane.' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 2nd July 1870 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
This love letter begins: 'Hast thou no pity for my woes? / Dost thou at me turn up thy nose? / I'll make my declaration first, / So read straight forward and be curst, / But if your heart to me incline, / Oh! Jump o'er every other line!'. This broadside was published by Menzies of Edinburgh, and probably sold for one penny.
This broadside begins: 'A LOVE LETTER, Sent to a Young Lady in this Neighbourhood.' The letter begins: 'My dear Miss Miller, The great love and tenderness I have hitherto experienced for you increases every day'. The reply begins: 'Sir, The uniform tendency of your behaviour from the earliest period of our acquaintance has inspired me'. The correspondence is between a Mr G. Lindsay and Miss Mary Miller, and the broadside was published by Henry.
This sheet begins: 'Hast thou no pity for my woes? / Dost thou at me turn up thy nose? / I'll make my declaration first, / So read straight forward and be curst'. This sheet was published by Menzies of the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh.