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Meal Mongers Garland
This ballad is divided into two named parts. The first part of the ballad is called 'The Meal Mongers intreagues and Resolutions', while the second half of the ballad is called 'The Buyers Answer'. The opening line of the first part reads: 'COME Willie I'll tell you the news'. In the second part of the ballad, the opening line is: 'Fire Brands of Satan are you then Resolv'd'. The first part of the ballad was sung to the tune of 'The meal was dear short-fine', while the second part of the ballad is sung to the tune of 'Death and the Lady'.
Meditations of a Coal Horse at a Toll Bar
This ballad begins: 'O SIRS, and maun I stand and chitter / A' nicht aneath the blast sae bitter'. This poem was, allegedly, written by 'A four-footed tee-totaller'.
Meet Me by Moonlight Alone
Verse 1: 'Meet me by moonlight alone, / And then I will tell you a tale, / Must be told by the moonlight alone, / In the grove at the end of the vale. / You must promise to come for I said / I would show the night flowers their queen; / Nay, turn not away thy sweet head, / 'Tis the loveliest ever was seen. / O meet me by moonlight alone.' This song was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee, and priced at one penny.
Meet Me on the Gowan Lea
Chorus: 'Meet me on the gowan lea, / Bonnie Mary, sweetest Mary; / Meet me on the gowan lea, / My ain, my artless Mary.' Verse 1: 'Before the sun sinks in the west, / And nature a' hae gane to rest; / There to my faithfu' bosom press'd / O let me clasp my Mary.' This sheet carries no publication details.
Meeting regarding the use of an organ in public worship
This account begins: 'ORGANIC AFFECTIONS. / OR An Account of A MEETING HELD IN THE RELIEF CHURCH, ST JAMES' PLACE, TO Consider the use of an ORGAN in Public Worship.' A light-hearted dialogue at the bottom of the sheet reads: 'Is it not absurd for such illiterate and vulgar speaking men to be rulers of a church? Wha's that talkin' there? WILLIE SMITH! gi'e him a daud i' the lug the daft brute, what right has he to set up his chat! / Stand yont or I shave him! ! ! han' me yir Stick Tam'.
Melancholy Accident with Farther Particulars relative to the Gilmerton Murder, &c.
This crime report begins: 'A true and farther particular Account of the whole transactions of these Monsters of Iniquity, the (supposed) Violaters and Murderers of that unfortunate woman Margaret Paterson. / The following melancholy and fatal accident is copied from this day's (Tuesday's Observer.).' This sheet was published, in Edinburgh, by Felix O'Neill.
This report begins: 'MELANCHOLY SUICIDE, COMMITTED BY MISS ANN BENNITT, OF THIS CITY, A YOUNG LADY ONLY SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE.' The broadside was published by R. Reynolds of 489 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh. The date of publication is not given.
This ballad begins: 'A Shepherd sat him under a Thorn, / he pull'd out his Pipe and began for to play, / It was on a Mid Summers day in the morn, / for honour of that Holy day.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Or, the Pleasant Pastime betwxt a Jolly Shepherd and a Country Damsel, on a Mid-Summer-Day, in the Morning. / To the tune of March Boyes, &c. Licensed according to Order.'
Merry Dialogue, in the Tolbuith of Edinburgh; Betwixt Tonny Ashton, and John Curry
Verse 1: 'Tonny. / COME, my couragious Jack, my metl'd Scot; / Why may'nt we kindle Kindness with a Pot, / Yow've run the Ghent-loup, and yow've try'd the Tron, / Your suffrings are expir'd, when mine comes on'. A handwritten annotation at the foot of the broadside suggested that it was published in Edinburgh on the 16th of April 1728. The price and publisher are not noted.
Milking Pail and Nancies Unkindness to her Lover
Verse 1: 'Ye Nimphs and Silvian Gods, / That Love green Feilds and Woods, / When spring newly Born herself does Adorn / With Flowers and Blooming Budes; / Come singing the Praise, while Flooks does graze / in yonder pleasant Vail: / Or these that choose their Sleep to loose / And in Cold goes with clouted Shoes, / To carry the Milking Pail.' The ballad was to be sung 'To an excellent New Tune, much in request'.
Milling Among the Fair Sex!
This news report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that Gallant and most Extraordinary BATTLE, that was Fought on Thursday last, 30th day of June, 1825, in the Market Place of Aberdeen, between a Soldier's Wife, and a Dandy young Fish Wife, at that place.' The broadside was published by Alexander Turnbull of Edinburgh and was priced at one penny.
Minerva of Leith!
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Loss of the Brig Minerva of Leith, belonging to Messrs Stenhouse, bound from Dublin to Glasgow, with Grain, which violently Struck on the Horse Island, off Ardrossan, Ayrshire, on Tuesday Morning, 18th December 1821'. This account was sourced from the 'Ayr Advertiser'.
This entertaining story begins: 'An account of Joseph Macwilliam the Miser, who was burnt to death on the 13th June 1826, by accident, in Rose Street'. The woodcut at the top of the sheet, shows a well-fed and well-groomed gentleman to reinforce the story's theme.
Miss Hooligan's Christmas Cake
Verse 1: 'As I sat at my windy one evening, / The letter man brought unto me / A little gilt edged invitation, / Saying, Gilhooly, come over to tea. / Sure I knew that the Hooligans sent it, / So I went just for old friendship's sake, / And the first thing they gave me to tackle / Was a piece of Miss Hooligan's cake.' The text beneath the title reads: 'Sung by Harry Melville and J.M. Oates with success.' The song was published by the Poet's Box, 10 Hunter Street, Dundee, priced one penny.
Missing From the Neighbourhood of the High Street
This satirical notice continues: 'About the 33rd of Next Month, / A TALL=COMPLEXIONED / Young Man / Five Feet Six Inches of Age, and / Height 27 Years'. It was published by L. Macartney of the Poet's Box, 184 Overgate, Dundee.
Moderate Man's Advice against Extravagant Drinking; or, Enough is as Good as a Feast
Verse 1: 'Come all you brave hearts of Gold, / let's learn to be merry and wise / For it is a true saying of old, / Suspicion is doubtless disguis'd: / Whatever we say or do, / Let's not drink to disturb our brain; / But laugh for an hour or two, / And never be Drunk again.' This ballad was to be sung 'To an Excellent New Tune', and was published by John Moncur of Sclater's Close, Edinburgh, in 1707.
This ballad begins: ''Tis mony makes the mair to go is a saying old and true / And when you've go the ready cash, friends will stick like glue, / But when your purse is empty, those friends you thought sincere, / Will proudly turn upon their heels and quickly disapper.' A note below the title states that this ballad was 'Sung by Harry Russell, with great success', and that 'Copies of this popular song can always be had at the POET'S BOX, Overgaie, Dundee'.
Monk and the Miller's Wife; Or, A' Parties Pleased
Verse 1 begins: 'Now lend your lugs, ye benders fine, / Wha ken the benefit of wine; / And you wha laughing feud brown ale, / Leave jinks a wee and hear a tale'. This sheet was published on Saturday 15th July, 1871, by the Poet's Box. It would have cost a penny to buy.
This broadside story begins: ' An Account of the Wonderful Monkey of Glasgow, Who turned Barber, to Shave the Irish Farmers who came over to reap the Harvest, with a description of the Ludicrous Catastrophe attending his first experiment in that Profession.' Although the name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated, it was printed in Edinburgh and cost one penny.
Monmouth And Bucleugh's Welcome from the North: or the Loyal Protestants Joy for his Happy Return
This ballad begins: 'When stout young Jemmy went abroad / To fee the Northen Races / He met ten Thousands in the Road, / That swore they were his Graces.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to the tune of 'York and Albany's Welcome to England', this being a reference to James the Duke of York, brother of King Charles II.
Moon is Out Tonight Love and Mother Take Me Home Again
The first verse of 'THE MOON is out to-night Love OR, SWEET KITTY OF THE GLEN!' begins: 'THE moon is out to-night love, / Floating thro' the sky, / Little stars are laughing, As she passes by'. The chorus begins: 'The moon is out to-night love, / Meet me with a smile'. The broadside is decorated with sun motifs.
Morag's Fary Glen
Verse 1: 'Ye ken whar you wee burnie, love, / Rins roarin' to the sea ; / And tumbles o'er its rocky beds, Like spirits wild and free. The mellow maves tunes his lay, / The blackbird swells his not ; / And little robin sweetly sings, / Above the woody grot.' The ballad was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
Most Dreadful Mob that Happened in the Church of St Mary-White-Chaple, in London
This account begins: 'Last Thursday Evening, there happened a very great Disturbance in the Church of St. Mary-White-Chaple ; It seems there is a Lecture on that Night Established by Subscription, which was Preached by the Reverend Mr. Sutton (now Non-Juror) . . .' Whilst the story originally appeared in London, this particular copy was printed by an Edinburgh publisher.
Most Horrid Instance of Child-murder
This crime report begins: 'A particular Account of a most horrid Instance of Child-murder, attended with Circumstances of the greatest Barbarity, which was discovered at Thorney Bank on Wednesday last, when Catherine Weir, alias M'Quarry, the Mother, was apprehended and committed to the Tolbooth of Glasgow on suspicion of having perpetrated the Murder.' The broadside was published by T. Duncan of the Saltmarket in Glasgow.
Most Horrid, Bloody and Terrible Apparition
This report begins: 'An ACCOUNT of a most Horrid, BLOODY, and Terrible APPARITION, Which lately Appeared in the Parish of SHOTTS; AND A TRUE AND GENUINE ACCOUNT OF A DISMAL AND SHOCKING MURDER, In the very Words expressed by the GHOST itself, as faithfully taken down by a Most Holy Person, who was present at the whole.' The broadside carries no publication details.
Most Shameful Riot
This broadside, printed on March 18th 1841, begins: 'Seldom has our city been the scene of such a disgraceful riot as that which took place last night. The following are a few particulars connected with it, as they have reached us; but the whole will of course soon undergo a judicial investigation.' The sheet was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh.
Mother of Jealousie; or, The Husband's Lament, that he should part with his Wife by reason of her Jealousie of him
Verse 1: 'WHen my dearest Dear did first appear, / I bless'd the time that I had found her: / Her beauty did my Heart inchear, / But now alas we two must sinder!' This should be sung 'To the Tune of Wo's my Heart that we should sinder'. Here 'sinder' is the poet's or printer's orthography for sunder, meaning to part.
Verse 1: 'HE. One day while working at the plough, / Fal, lal, &c. / I felt just here I can't tell how, / Fal, lal, &c. / I turned my head round, just to see / who 'twas I heard, when there stood thee, / Like Venus com'd out of the Sea. / Fal, lal, &c.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Blue Tailed Fly'.
This ballad begins: 'SCOTMEN ! In Auld Reekie born, / You, who fools and tyrants scorn, / Welcome, this bright April morn, / To do the needful here !'
Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals
This ballad begins: 'COME brother Conservatives, fill up your glasses, / And start to your feet with a hearty hurra! / Tho' no more we may draw our broadswords on the asses, / Our tricks and our cunning will win us the day.' The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the date or place of publication, but it does note that the song was 'Sung, with great applause, at the last dinner given by the Edinburgh Sour Milks'.