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This broadside begins: 'An Elegy upon the much to be lamented Death of the Reverend Mr. John Wilson, Minister of the Gospel at North Lieth, who departed this Life the 1st. of September, 1724.' The elegy begins: 'Still we do find, Black Cloth wears out the first, / And Fruits that are the choicest keep the worst'. The elegy was composed by William Gibson. The epitaph at the bottom of the sheet begins: 'Here Meekness lies interr'd with Wisdom's Light, / Zeal with Charity, a Pastor shining bright'.
This memorial notice begins: 'AN ELEGY to the lasting Memory, and upon the much to be lamented Death of the pious, and well accomplished Gentleman, and much honoured, William Nisbet of Dirletoun. / Obiit, 20. October 1724, Ętatis 60.' The elegy begins: 'There is no Truth more evident to Sense'.
This execution notice begins: 'ELEGY / ON / The Death of PATRICK HAMILTON Younger of Green, who was beheaded at the Grassmerket of Edinburgh, upon the 5th of September 1716'. The elegy begins: 'My weeping Muse procees with murnful Tone'.
This memorial notice begins: 'Elegy / N / The much to be Lamented Death, / OF / LOYAL MARGARET / Who Departed this Life June the 6th 1717.' The elegy begins: 'Ye Loyalists your weeds put on, / Of Sable black, sure Marks of moan'.
This memorial notice begins: 'Who departed this Life January 20th, 1718. / WHY, why dull Poets of this canker'd Age, / Affright you young Beginners with your Rage?' The elegy begins: 'Why, why dull Poets of this canker'd Age'.
The title reads: 'Elegy / ON THE / Death of Nicol Muschet of Boghall / Written, at the Desire of his Friends'. The elegy begins: 'The highest Pitch of Sorrow swells my Heart, / And dictates Words, without the Strokes of Art: / In moving Notes, cloath'd with a natural Rhyme, / I'll sing his Suff'rings, and his impious Crime'. No publication details are given.
The memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY, On the deplorable Death of Margaret Hall, barbarously murder'd by her Husband Nicol Mushet of Boghall, Monday Night the 17 October 1720, in the 17th Year of her Age.' The elegy, which follows, begins: 'All Hearts be swell'd with Grief, with Tears all Eyes'. No publication details are given.
This elegy begins: 'AH! Fatal Stroak, That from us has remov'd / A Peer, and Patriot, justly well belov'd. / By King and People, as he well deserv'd, / Because he both Unbayas'dly has served'. In common with many broadside elegys, this piece is surrounded by a thick black border. No publication details are given, although we are told that the Earl died on March 13th, 1720.
The memorial notice begins: ' ELEGY / On the much to be lamented Death, / OF / Lord Alexander Ross, Bishop of Edinburgh. / Who departed this Life March the 27th 1720'. The elegy begins: 'OH Cruel Death, what's thy Rage or Intent? / To robe the Church, or make in her such Rent? / Could nothing pasify thy Rage but he, / Who was a Patron of a high Degree?'
This memorial notice begins: 'Elegy, Upon the much to be Lamented Death of Sir Robert Blackwood, late Provost in Edinburgh. Who departed this Life Aprile the 24th 1720.' The elegy begins: 'OH! Death, Thou Conquerour of Men, / Does Thou intend ALL to govern?' According to a note under the title, Sir Robert Blackwood died on the 24th April 1720.
This memorial notice begins: 'Upon Exceeding much to be Lamented Death of the Illustrious Princess ANNE Dutches of HAMILTON, Who Departed this Life the 16th of October 1716, in the 96th. Year of her Age'. This Elegy begins: 'This Noble Princess of Immortal Fame, / An Ornament unto the Christian Name'.
This memorial notice begins: 'The moeh to be Lamented Death of Commissioner Kello, who departed this Life the 2d. Of October 1716.' The elegy begins: 'Abimlech a Champiou Bold and Stout, / Had by a Woman all his Brains Dash'd out'.
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegy On the Death of that Illustrious Monarch William the Third, Late King of Scotland, England, France, and Ireland, who departed this Life at His Palace at Kensington, on Sunday the 8th Day of March, 1702 in the 52 Year of His Age, 4 Months and 5 Days; And the 14th Year of His Reign.' The elegy begins: 'Alas! 'tis so ; No virtue can withstand / The pale-fac'd Conquerors all-subjecting hand'. The elegy was written by the Reverend Dr Burnet.
This memorial notice begins: 'Elegy on The Deplorable Death of the Right Honourable John, Lord Belhaven, who was lost at sea, on the 10th of Nov. 1721.' The elegy begins: 'Let Scotia's Sons in fable Weeds appear, / Sigh every Soul, and drop a fun'ral Tear'. A note informs the reader that this elegy was written by a Mr Pennecuik, most likely Alexander Pennecuik. The additional text at the bottom of the sheet begins: 'Old Sathan, England's Friend, Our Foe, / Contriv'd BELHAVEN's Overthrow'.
This memorial notice begins: 'An Elegy On the much to be Lamented Death, of the Reverend, Mr Joseph Foord. Minister of the Gospel at Edinburgh, who Departed this Life July the 15th, 1719. In the 26th, Year of his Age.' The elegy begins: 'O Death, why Tyrranisest thou in they Might? / Why so sever, to strick so choice a Weight?'
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY / ON / WILLIAM BURKE, / Who was Executed at Edinburgh, Jan. 28, 1829. / Now Willie Burke he's een awa' / And ta'en his last adieu'. The poem was written by 'A Countryman' and would have cost a penny to buy. It carries a woodcut profile of Burke at the top of the sheet.
This memorial notice begins: 'An ELEGY on WILLY BALD'. The elegy itself begins: 'AND has auld Death that bloody knave / E'en brought Poor Willy to his grave? / Tho' we pray'd ay his life to save / With Book and Beed. / Alas we'll never hear him Rave / Since now he's dead.' A commemorative note below the title states that Willy Bald was a 'Porter in Traquaire'.
This memorial notice begins: 'ELEGY ON Sandy M'kay, LATE THE SCOTCH CHAMPION!' Verse 1: 'Has auld King Geordie slipp'd awa', / Or Wellington, or Peel, or wha, / Sae mony tears are seen ta fa', / Frae ilk ane's head? / A better man than any twa - / Scotch Sandy's dead.' A note at the foot of this sheet states it was 'Printed for the Stationers' in Edinburgh.
Elegy and Epitaph
This memorial notice begins: 'Elegy and Epitaph on Thomas Williams, Late Dempster, or Hangman, of the City of Edinburgh'. The dedication under the title begins: 'Who died the 5th of January 1833, aged 66 years. He was upwards of 12 years in that capacity, and conducted himself with wonderful propriety, which few does in his line. This shows, that whatever occupation in life we follow, a man may keep his character somewhat blameless.' The first line of the elegy itself reads, 'SCARCE had the infant year begun', while the opening line of the epitaph reads, 'HERE lies TAM WILLIAMS, our city Dempster'. A 'dempster' was a legal officer who repeated the sentence after the judge.
Elegy entitled 'On the Death of the Right Honorable James Earle of Perth, Lord Drummond and Stobhall. Elegie'
This elegy begins: 'JEalous I am, Mourners are scarce adayes, / Time will have Period, ere Tears dime soe Eyes : / Admit the Reason never be so great, / The Signs of sorrow weareth out of date.' No publication details have been given, and the composition has been initialled 'M.M.'
Elegy on the Death of the Late Executioner
Verse 1: 'AH! fatal Death what brought you hither, / To slay poor Archey in a fever, / An' leave the Finishers altogether, / To mourn with pain, / Thinking they will never get a brither / Like him again.' The publisher of this broadside was T. Duncan. The place of publication is not given.
Elegy on Thomas Smellie
The first verse reads: 'GRAY weeping vaults, and ever mouldering domes, / From whose worn sides the very sculptures die ; / In whose cold, dark, and ever silent wombs, / The dear, the good, the great, the honour'd lie'. According to a note under the title, Thomas Smellie was the third son of the late William Smellie, F.R.S. & A.S.S.
Elegy upon George Paterson
This memorial notice begins: 'The Gillmertoun Vulcan gone; / Who hew'd seven Fire-Rooms in a single Stone: / OR, / An ELEGY on George Paterson Smith, Good-man of the famous Gillmertoun Caves.' The elegy begins: 'Ingenious George, at last alace thou'rt gone'.
Elegy, on the Death of Hary Ormiston, late Hangman of Edinburgh
Verse 1: 'O Curs'd Atropus cruel Wife ; / Rob'd us of Hary tane his Life ; / Who boor your Armour and the Knife, / Cut many's Thread, / And pat an End to meikle Strife, / But now he's dead.' A different elegy, 'by another hand' is given below. It begins 'An has ald Death come in his Rage, / Cut Hary's Breath, and aff the Stage'. There are no publication details given.
Elizabeth M'Neil Afraid of the Hangman's Fa'
Verse 1: 'Sad news I have now to tell, / News of her death will gang far awa'; / She coon can tell, she kens hersel', / She'll get the hangman's fa'.' Chorus: 'O waes me, / My days do wear awa'; / I wish I were but free again / From the hangman's fa'.' This song was written by John McLean, a coalminer.
This ballad begins: 'COME Citizens, and mourne with me a part? / The Righteous Perish, and few't Layt to Heart. / A Faithful Pastor is call'd now to Heaven. / Who was a shinning Light, whilst among Men'. Below the title, it is stated that John Hamilton was 'Minister of the Gospel in the Gray-friars Parish of Edinburgh ; and sometime, formerlie in Ireland'. The publisher is not named and the sheet is not dated.
Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope
This public notice begins: 'HER MAJESTY'S Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners HEREBY GIVE NOTICE, THAT they are prepared to receive applications from Persons of the Labouring Classes, who may be desirous of Emigrating to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, with the intention of working there for wages, but who are unable to defray the whole expense of their passage.' The notice is dated 20th January 1849, and was published by J. Durham of Dundee on behalf of the Government Emigration Office in Dundee.
Verse 1 begins: 'God speed the keel of the trusty ship / That bears ye from our shore'. The text before this reads: 'Price One Penny. / This very popular song can always be had in the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow. / TUNE - Original'. It was published on the 24th June 1871.
English, Irish, Scotchman
This ballad begins: 'My father was an Irishman, / Born in sweet Kilkenny, / My mother was in England born, / In Linconshire so funny'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box of Glasgow, and cost a penny.
Epigram on Jock an' Tam
Verse 1: 'SAYS temperate Tam, the man of God, / The Disciple of Peace, / The Expounder of the holy word, / The Patriot's Babe of Grace, - ' Verse 2 'Says temperate Tam to silly Jack, / "These oaths are all a sham, / But, lest your conscience it should ache, / We'll soothe it with a dram."' No publication details are printed on the sheet, but a handwritten annotation has added '29 January 1835'.