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Lass o' Ballochmyle
This ballad begins: 'Fair is the morn in flowery May, / And sweet is night in autumn mild, / When roving through the garden gay, / Or wandering in the lonely wild; / But woman, nature's darling child, / There all her charms she does compile; / Even there her other works are foiled / By the bonnie lass o' Ballochmyle.' This ballad was published at 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box. It was to be sung to an 'original' tune, and was priced one penny.
Lass o' Glenshea
This ballad begins: 'On a bonny day when the heather was blooming, / And the silent hill humm'd with the sair laden bee; / I met a fair maiden as homeward I was riding, / A herding her sheep on the hills o' Glenshea.'
Lass o' Gowrie
Verse 1 begins: 'Twas on a summer's afternoon, / A wee before the sun gied down'. The woodcut above the title depicts a very finely dressed couple holding hands beside a tree. This song was written by Lady Carolina Nairne, but was originally published under a pseudonym.
Lass, Gin ye Lo'e Me
This broadside not only gives the reader the song, as reworked by James Tytler in the 'Scots Musical Museum' (c. 1790) but also gives the older version of 'Lass, gin ye Lo'e Me', as it appeared in Herd's 'Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs' (1776). The first line of Tytler's version is, 'I hae laid a herring in saut', and the older version begins, 'I ha'e layen three herrings a-sa't'. Published in 1854 by the Poet's Box, Glasgow, the sheet sold for a penny.
Lasses of Kinghorn
Verse 1: 'All Gentlemen and Cavaliers / That doth delight in sport, / Come here and listen to my song, / for it shall be but short: / And I'le tell you as brave a Jest, / as ever you did hear: / The Lasses of Kinghorn Town / put our Officers in fear.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'Clavers and his Highland Men'.
This ballad begins: 'A lass lived down by yon burn-braes, / And she was weel provided wi' claes'. At the top of the sheet it mentions that the song was first printed in Chambers's Journal, No. 175, and was written by an old spinster 'as a kind of burlesque of her own habits and history'. The tune is similar to 'The Laird of Cockpen'.
The introductory text to this ballad reads: 'Given in Chambers's Journal, No. 175, where it is said to have been written by an old unmarried lady as a kind of burlesque of her own habits and history. It is sung to an air resembling that of "the Laird of Cockpen".' The ballad's first line runs: 'A lass lived down by yon burn-braes'. No publisher or date of publication have been given.
This execution notice continues: '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.'
Last dying words of Elizabeth Warriner
This broadside begins: 'THE LAST DYING WORDS, SPEECH, & CONFESSION OF ELIZABETH WARRINER, Who was Convicted at the last Lincoln Assizes, for the Horrid Murder of her Step-Son, J. Warriner, by poison, and who was Executed at the City of Lincoln, on Saturday the 27th of Oct. 1821.' It was printed by John Muir of Glasgow and probably sold for one penny.
Last moments of William Thomson
This account begins: 'An account of the last moments of William Thomson, who was executed at Dalkeith on Thursday last with the information of Thomson & Fram of the murder of Ramsay Inglis, a collier at Cowpits two years ago, whereby two thieves named Salmon and Merrilees are apprehended.'
This ballad begins: 'Three to ride and to save, one to ride and to be saevd [saved]- / That's the key of my tale, boys, deep on my heart engraved.' A note under the title reads: 'THIS POPULAR RECITATION CAN ALWAYS BE HAD AT POET'S BOX, Overg[a]te Dundee.'
This report begins: 'The last SPEECH Confession and Dying Declaration of WILLIAM TAYLOR, who was executed at Stirling on Friday the 28th day of May 1790, for the crime of housebreaking.'
This broadside begins: 'Confession, and dying declaration of MORT COLLINS, Soldier in the 27th Regiment of foot, who was execute at Glasgow on Wednesday the 7th of November 1792, and his Body given to the doctors, for the murder of John Panton, keeper of Bridewell.'
This report begins: 'THE LAST SPEECH Confession and Dying Words of Donald M'Craw, who was executed at Perth, and his body given to the Doctors for dessection, on Friday the 13th Nov. 1795, for the horrid murder of his wife Ann Adam, when she was within a month of being delivered of a child.' It was published in Perth on 12th November 1795.
This execution notice begins: 'THE LAST / SPEECH / AND / DYING WORDS/ Of Janet Hutchie, who was execute in the Grass-market of Edinburgh, upon the 30th of August 1721, for the Murder of her own Child.' This sheet stops mid-sentence suggesting there was more of the speech on another sheet.
This report begins: 'Confession and dying words of the Lives of John Smith, and George Stevenson, who were Executed at the West End of the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, this day the 21st of January, 1807. For the crime of horse stealing.' The name of the publisher is not included.
Following on from the title, this crime report continues: 'Confession and Dying Words, of ROBERT STEWART, late BOOKBINDER in Edinburgh, who was Executed there on Wednesday FEBRU. 22d, 1809, for the crime of House-breaking and Robbery.' The speech is signed by Robert Stewart himself.
Last Speech and Confession
This execution notice continues: 'And last words of Thomas Neilson, who was Executed at Maybol, on Thursday, being the 14th of August, 1718. For Mudering one Named M'Connel, is the Parish of Girvan.'
Last Speech and Confession
This execution notice begins: 'THE LAST / SPEECH AND CONFESSION / OF / Thomas Bean, one of those Executed for the late Riot in Salisbury Court at London.' This sheet was originally printed in London and went on to be reprinted in Edinburgh.
Last speech and confession of Margaret Anderson
This confessional text begins: 'THE LAST / Speech and Confession / OF / Margaret Anderson, who was Executed at Edinburgh, on Wednesday being the Twenty 2d. of April 1713. for the murdering of her own Child.'
Last Speech and Confession of Mrs Mary Baker
This broadside begins: 'Who was Hang'd at Tyburn, on Wednesday the 23d of September 1759 for Marrying three and twenty Husbands; with her Life and Conversation, and an exact Accompt of all her Husbands Names, their Places of abode, and the Lasses they systain'd by her : Together with her Farewel to the World.'
Last Speech and Dying Words
This execution notice continues: 'Of Mr John Andouin, who was executed at Dublin, on Wednesday the 29th of May last 1728. for the Murder of his Maid Margaret Kief; at the place of execution he delivered the following Paper to the Sheriffs.' The speech is 'signed' by John Andouin and was reprinted in Edinburgh in 1728.
Last Speech and Dying Words
This report begins: 'THE LAST SPEECH AND DYING WORDS OF THAT UNFORTUNATE Potatoe Merchant and Mealmonger, Who underwent the awful Sentence of the Law, on Wednesday the 14th January, 1824, and his body hung in chains on the hill of Ballengiech, for the abominable crime of Forstalling the Meal and Potatoe Markets, and thereby raising the price of Provisions.' It was printed by John Muir of Glasgow, in 1824.
Last Speech and Dying Words of James Thomson Tincklar
This broadside begins: 'The last Speech and Dying Words of James Thomson Tincklar. Who was Executed for the Murder of Helen Currie, upon the 2d of Aprile, in the Year 1719. At Adincraw, in the Shire of Berwick.' Tincklar's speech begins: ' I AM brought here this Day to suffer, for the horrid and and Unnatural Murder of my fellow Creature.' There is an old Scots word 'tinclarian' meaning 'tinker-like', so 'Tincklar' in this context may be an alternative Scos word for 'tinker'.
LAST SPEECH AND DYING WORDS OF JOHN DALGLEISH, HANGMAN OF EDINBURGH
This broadside begins: 'This production of Alexander Pennicuick [Pennecuik] possesses considerable humour. The last speech begins: 'QUHAN Hangie saw death drawing near, / The carle grew in ane unco fear'. Printed under the title is the note, '[From Pennicuick's MSS. Advocate's Library]'.
Last Speech and Dying Words of Margaret Millar
This crime report begins: 'The last Speech and dying Words of Margaret Millar, Coal-bearer at Golden-cleugh who was execute 10. February 1726 at the Gibbet of Dalkeith, for Murdering her own Child.' The speech begins: ' My Friends, THE present Age is so degenerate into Vice and Immorality, That they have the Ascendant over Godliness and Vertue; whereas Religion and Piety are run down by manifest Profanity, Dissimulation and Hypocrisy'.
Last Speech and Dying Words of Neil Cordey
This crime report begins: 'THE LAST SPEECH AND DYING WORDS, Of Neil Cordey Sentinel in the Fuziliers, who was Execute in the Grass-Market of Edinburgh on the 25th Instant; for Murdering John Anderson Coachman in the Cannongate.' It was published in 1719 by Robert Brown of Edinburgh.
Last Speech confession and dying words of Colonel Despard and his assocates
This crime report begins: 'Were brought out upon the scaffold erected on the top of the New Gaol, Horsemonger-lane, to undergo the Senteuce of the Law. Colonel Despard came the last upon the scaffold. He made a speech to the surrounding spectators, in which he declared his innocence of the crime for which he was condemned to die. His fellow sufferers said nothing, and all behaved with great decorum, and resignation to their fate.' The report is signed by someone called 'Pelham', and was published by J. Galbraith of Glasgow.
Last Speech of Coll Oxburgh
This execution notice continues: 'Who was Executed at TYBURN MAY 14th, 1716. / Delivered by him to the Sheriffs, and Printed at LONDON by their Order.' This speech was then republished in Scotland, in the same year, by William Adam's Junior, of the Tron Church, Edinburgh. This sort of cribbing and reprinting was common.
Last speech of George Clerk
This last speech begins: 'GEORGE CLERK'S LAST SPEECH AND DYING WORDS on the Scaffold and at Pennycuick, with his farewell Address to his beloved friend, Dundas, late Member for the City of Edinburgh ; together with his EPITAPH.' It was to be sung to the tune of 'Miller of Drone'. 'By Willison Glass' is written at the bottom of the sheet, after the epitaph.