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Verse 1: 'Some people say its jolly a single life to lead, / They only talk for talking's sake and so I never heed; / A single life is very well, it may be gay and free, / But the comforts of a married life are suited best for me.' Below the title we are told that 'Copies of this popular song, can always be had at the Poet's Box, Ovegate, Dundee'.
Clerk of the Pipe, Or, The Leith Reform Garland
Verse 1 begins: 'The Clerk of the Pipe is a man of some weight. / And nothing will serve him but serving the state'. This song is labelled up as new and should be sung to the tune 'Down Derry Down'. Two woodcuts have been included, one of two gents drinking in a cellar and the other of a man in eastern garb, smoking a pipe.
This ballad begins: 'Come buy my New Ballad, / I have't in my wallet, / Tho twill not, I fear, please every Palate: / Then mark what ensu'th . . . ' This broadside is especially interesting and rare, since it also contains the musical score for the ballad. At the very bottom of the sheet, a short note states that the broadside was printed by Mr William Adam in May 1719, while the accompanying letters 'Edr' suggest that it was probably published in Edinburgh.
This ballad begins: 'Whaur the mischief am I noo? / Freens, excuse me, for I'm fu', / Fairly stappit tae the muzzle - choker block; / I've been oot an' hae'n a drap. . . ' Below the title we are told that 'Copies of this can be had at the Pox Box, Overgat, Dundee'. 'Freens' means 'friends', 'stappit' is 'full', 'muzzle' means 'face' and 'choker block' means 'chock-a'block'.
Verse 1: 'The Coalier had a Daughter, / And she is wondrous bonny; / But if you had once brought her / To a true sense of Joy, / Although she struggle for a while / yet you'll won about her, / If once her Heart you can beguile / you'll never go without her.'
This memorial notice begins: 'AN ELEGY, / On the much Lamented Death of JOCK HIEGH, who departed to Other Climes, October 20th, 1816, after being Thirty-Six Years / Hangman of Edinburgh.' The elegy begins: 'Ye doggerel bards, quick tune your harps'.
Cockabendie Loves Not Me
This ballad begins: 'What care I for Cockabendie, / Cockabendie loves not me.' The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'A NEW SONG / Much in Request. / Sung with its proper Tune.' A stylised border has been included along the top of the sheet to make it more attractive.
Cockles and Mussels. Aliv, O
Verse 1 and chorus: 'In Dublin's fair city lived a maiden so pritty, / Her name it was Molly Malone, / And though streets broad and narrow she wheeled her wheelbarrow, / Crying Cockles and mussels! alive, alive, O / Alive, alive O! alive, alive, O! / Crying Cockles and! alive, alive, O!' This ballad was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee.
Cocky-Bendie's Wedding O
Verse 1: 'In Airdrie town in fifty nine, / The evening being calm and fine; / Both rich and poor they did combine / To hold Cocky-Bendie's wedding O. / In Finnias lane they did agree, / That night to hold the wedding spree; / Then to Coatbrig they march'd wi' glee / To celebrate the marriage O. / Durum doo a doo &c.' This ballad was published by the Poet's Box, which advertises 'NEW SONGS OUT EVERY WEEK'. The town of origin is not specified.
Come Down and Open the Door, Love
Verse 1: 'I've been to a party, I've been to a ball, / I've been where there's you can see; / I've been where there's swells, and such pretty girls, / And I've had a jolly good spree. / I've just staggered home, but I've lost my key, / My wife she won't open the door, / I've knocked and I've bawled, at the window threw stones / For over two hours I'm sure.' The ballad was published by the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee.
Come Sit Thee Down
This ballad begins: 'Come sit thee down, my bonny bonny love, / Come sit thee down by me, love, / And I will tell thee many a tale of the dangers of the sea. / Of the perils of the deep, love'. Published in 1855 by the Poet's Box of Glasgow, this ballad is to be sung to the tune of 'Something or Nothing' and cost a penny.
Come Sweet Lass and Sweet is the Lass that loves me
The first ballad begins: 'COME Sweet Lass, / it?s bonny Weather lets together / Come sweet Lass, / let's trip it on the Grass: / Every where, / poor Jockie seeks his Dear, / Unless that she appear, / he sees no Beauty there.'The text preceeding it reads: 'OR Loves invitation / To a new Tune.'
Come Under my Plaidie
This ballad begins: 'Come under my plaidie, the nicht's gaun to fa' ' / Come in frae the cauld blast, the drift and the snaw ; / Come under my plaidie, and sit down beside me, / There's room in't, dear lassie, believe me, for twa!'. To be sung to the tune of Johnnie M'Gill.
Comic Divan' and Lord Ullin's Daughter
The first ballad begins: 'Gentlemen Visitors, how do you do? / Pop into my comic museum, / Of things rare and curious, I've got not a few / Come in and you shall quickly see 'em.' A note below the woodcut illustration states that the first ballad should be sung to the tune, 'Let the Toast Pass'.
Comic Song, Patricks Day
Verse 1 begins: 'From Munster I came and I went into Leinster, / I met with a maid and they called her a spinster'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. There is a woodcut above the title which depicts three deer crossing a rocky, tree-lined stream.
This report begins: 'The inhabitants of this town were highly delighted and amused on the night of Tuesday last, by a Wedding of rather a singular and uncommon description which took place here on that day, and afforded no little sport to the young and old of both sexes, who had assembled in great numbers to meet the wedding party returning from the house of the Rev. Mr ____'. The broadside was published by Sanderson of the High Street in Edinburgh.
Complaints of the 'Beaux and the Bads'
This broadside begins: 'THE Grievious Complaint of the Beaux and the Bads, And a the young Widows, and Lasses and Lads, For Death's taking Mas: James Crouckshanks awa, Who buckl'd the Beggers at Mountounha. / Interr'd in the Church-yeard of Inverask, the 29. of March 1724.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Condemned or, The Last Moments of William Perrie
This execution ballad begins: 'The morning came, the hours flew past:- / Yea, the fatal hour, poor Perrie's last, / Drew near, on which he was to die, / And meet his God, his Judge on high.' Perrie was 'Executed at Paisley, October 18th, 1837'. Under the title a small quotation has been provided: '"He died, as erring man should die, / Without display, without parade."' This broadside was printed by Caldwell and Sons.
Confession of James Bryce
This ballad begins: 'I am a poor unhappy man, James Bryce it is my name, / I murdered my brother-in-law, I may tell it all with shame'. Above the title a woodcut illustration of an isolated house in the forest, next to a river, has been included.
Confession of James Wilson
This broadside begins: 'CONFESSION / Of JAMES WILSON, who was Hanged at Glasgow on Wednesday last, 4th June, 1823, giving an account of upwards of 30 different Robberies committed by him in Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock, and other parts of the country; the whole communicated by Wilson to one of the Ministers of this City, a few days before his Execution.' This account has been taken from the 'Glasgow Chronicle' and was printed as a broadside by John Muir of Glasgow.
Confession of Murder
This account begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Apprehension of THOMAS MOFFAT, who fled from Kilsyth about three years ago, for the Barbarous Murder of his own Father, by repeated Stabs in the abdomen! With an Account of his Confession and also of the manner in which he spent his life since, &c.' This broadside was printed in Edinburgh for James McLean and priced at one penny.
Confession of Robert Emond
This broadside begins: 'Confession of EMOND / In the Jail, on the day after he received sentence of death.' The confession has been sourced from a newspaper entitled the 'North Briton'.
Confession of Robert Irvine
This report begins: 'THE LAST / CONFESSION / Of Mr. Robert Irvine, who was Execute May 1st, 1717. Near Brughtoun between Leith and Edinburgh, for Murdering John and Alexander Gordons, Sons to James Gordon of Allan, on Sunday the 28th of April 1717.'
Confession of William Anderson Horner
This broadside begins: 'An Account of the Life and Dying Confession of William Anderson Horner, Son to Peter Anderson Horner, Living in the Parish of Saline in the Shire of Perth, who murdered Elison Mitchell, Wife of David Blythe Horner also, in the beginning of Winter, 1708. in the manner following.'
Confessions made by William Burke
This crime report begins: 'CONFESSIONS MADE BY William Burke. Now under Sentence of Death, in the Calton Jail, for the Horrid Murder of Mrs Campbell, frankly detailing several other atrocious Murders, in which he was concerned along with Hare . . . Extracted from the Caledonian Mercury, 5th January, 1829.' The broadside also contains a poem describing Burke's 'Confessions, Lamentations, and Reflections'. The sheet was priced at one penny.
Confessions of John Stewart
This crime report begins: 'An account of the different murders to which John Stewart and his female associate has made confession to since their condemnation, making eleven in all, with the names of the places where some of them were committed with the manner they took to Murder their victims, and then rob them.' The sheet was published by Carmichael and Graham of the Trongate in Glasgow, and the story was sourced from the Edinburgh Scotsman and Caledonian Mercury newspapers.
Confessions, Lamentations, & Reflections of William Burke
Following on from the title, the introductory text continues: 'late of Portsburgh, who is to be Executed at Edinburgh, on the 28th January, 1829, for Murder, and his body given for Public Dissection.' The ballad itself begins: 'Good people all, both great and small, / I pray you lend an ear, / Unto these lines That I have penn'd, / Which quickly you shall hear.' Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh, in January 1829.
This public notice continues: 'For His Sacred Majesty, CHARLES, the third Monarch of Great Britain, His happy Arrival at WHITEHALL. / By a Loyal Member of His Majesties Army. / Edinburgh, June 13. 1660.'
This poem begins: 'IN Autumn when Seges decores the Fields, / And Phoebus all plentiful Desierds yeelds. / These Creatures who did formerly bewail / Their hard Estate, sing now in Annandale'. The wedding between Charles, 1st Earl of Hopetoun, and Henrietta, daughter to the Rt Hon. Earl of Annandale, took place on 31st August, 1699.
Conoughtman's Description of Glasgow
Verse 1: 'I travelled the whole way from Dounoughadee, / The flourishing city of Glasgow to see ; / When I came there the first meat I saw, / Was boil'd roasted herring at the Broomielaw.' No publication details have been included on this sheet.