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Piratical seizure of a French vessel
This crime report begins: 'We have the following Account of a horrid Murder committed by Pirates on the Coast of Ireland, and how they threw the Crew over board.' Four pirates, three named John Eustace or Philip Roch, Richard Neale and Francis Wise, seized a French vessel, mastered by Peter Tartoue, on the voyage from Cork, Ireland to Nantes, France.
Plain Answers to Plain Questions
This broadside begins: 'PLAIN ANSWERS TO PLAIN QUESTIONS IN A Dialogue BETWEEN JOHN BULL AND BONAPARTE, Met Half-Seas over between Dover and Calais.' The sheet was published by Chalmers, Ray & Co. The place of publication is not printed on the sheet, but a later handwritten annotation beneath the publisher's name reads: '(Dundee)'. There is no date supplied.
Poem on Lord Blakeney's Bravery at the Siege of Minorca
This ballad begins: 'Most high omniscient great, dread Lord above, / The source of wisdom, God of Peace and Love, / Deign to assist thy Servant's feeble Pen, / Now writing of the worthy, best of Men'. At the bottom we are told that the piece was composed by 'the Bearer, William Catton', who was an ex-foot-soldier in General Folliott's regiment.
Poem on the Much to be Lamented Death of Captain Chiefly and Lieutenant Moody
This poem begins: 'O! Now my Muse Dramatick Stand Aside, / Let Tears for Commas Clausulas divide. / Let deepest Sorrow Dictate every Word, / Each Sentence Savor of the Fatal Sword. / Joy quite forgot, let no such Thing be here, / Sound sad Quaerelas O ye Tragick Quier. / Sad is the Thame, change now your Nots ye Nine, / Let Doolful Echos Treeble every Line.'
Poem on the Race of Leith, October, Twenty Second
This piece begins: 'I HEAR a Horse Race lately Run, / Was into Leith where no Man wan / Untill a Highland Ladie / Came up foremost with a Bay Brown, / Which all thought was a Jad'. No publication details have been given.
Poem Upon the Union
This poem begins: 'Before the THISTLE with the rose Twin'd, / Our Patriots about it thus Divin'd, / Two Potts, the one of Brass, the Other of Lame, / Were carried by the Violence of a Stream.' The famous Latin phrase, 'Timeo danaos & dona ferentes', is listed below the title. This expression translates as 'I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts', and is used to indicate distrust when a traditional foe is showing signs of kindness. This saying originates from the legend concerning the Wooden Horse at Troy. A handwritten note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was published in 1706.
Poems to the Praise of Most of the Nobility in the Kingdom of Scotland
This piece begins: 'The Duke of Hamilton he Rides up and down / To the Court but cannot Prevail, / The way is so rough, that he cannot win through, / Good Day to my Lord Lawderdale'. At the bottom is noted that the sheet was first printed in 1678, but this reprint dates from 1718.
Verse 1 begins: 'To view the scenes of Nature, I / Have travelled far and wide'. The text preceding this reads: 'BY JOHN MACMILLAN, / PROFESSOR OF POETRY, ORATORY, AND TEACHER OF ELOCUTION. / DEDICATED / TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE LAND PROPRIETORS ON THE / BANKS OF GIRVAN WATER. / TUNE - "The Traveller's Return."'
Pointed and Poetic Appeal to the People!
This ballad begins: 'Will the people submit to the horrid disgrace, / Than which I can't fancy a greater, / Of a Member whose nose is agee on his face, / (And his principles not one whit straighter;)'. 'Agee' in this instance means 'crooked'. A woodcut illustration of a carriage pulled by a team of horses decorates the top of this sheet.
This broadside begins: 'FELLOW CITIZENS! AND FELLOW COUNTRYMEN! We rejoice to unite with you in mutual congratulations over the happy event which has this day brought us together. Scotland is now, for the first time, in a situation which realises the aspirations of the best and most enlightened of her sons, - SHE IS FREE!' It includes a decorative border and an illustration of Britannia along with the words 'BRITANNIA, based on the Commons, throwing off the Trammels of Corruption'. According to a note at the bottom of the sheet, it was 'Printed and Distributed in the Grand Reform Jubilee Procession, by the Printers of Edinburgh, August 10, 1832.'
Poor Discharged Soldier
Verse 1: 'Gather round me one an' all, great and small, short and tall, / Till you hear the sad down fall of the poor soldier boy. / That has fought by land and sea, night and day far away, / For thirteenpence a day, says the poor soldier boy.' The sheet carries no publication details. It is illustrated with a woodcut of a Highland soldier.
Poor Drunkard's Child
Verse 1: 'In taking of my walks on a cold winter's day, / Thro' the fields and the lanes I wended my way, / Till I arrived at a hovel both rustic and wild, / I heard a voice say, I'm a poor drunkard's child.' The broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. It does not carry a price or a date of publication.
Poor Forsaken Village Maid
Verse 1: 'A VILLAGE maid she sat weeping / She thought of happy days gone by, / And as her darling babe lay sleeping / A tear fell gently from her eye. / She tho ught of home and her deceiver / Poor girl by him she was betrayed, / She's left alone now broken hearted, The poor forsaken village maid.'
Poor Irish Stranger
This ballad begins: 'Pity the fate of a poor Irish stranger, / That wanders so far from his home, / That sighs for protection from want, woe, and danger, / That knows not from which way for to roam.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Poor Man's Tatties Back Again
Verse 1: 'Ye working men come join with me, / And let us sing with mirth and glee; / For noo the sang I'm gaun to sing, / Is the poor man's tatties back again - / For since the year of forty-twa, / The tattie rotted frae the shaw, / which caused baith muckle grief and pain, / But noo the tatties back again.' The sheet contains no publication details.
Poor Mary of the Wild Moor
This ballad begins: ''Twas one cold winter's night; when the wind / Blew bitterly 'cross the wild moor, / When poor Mary came with her child / Wandering home to her own father's door'. No publication details are on the sheet. A woodcut of a woman and child feeding birds decorates the top of the sheet.
Poor Nancy Young
This ballad begins: 'Dark and dismal is this night, / Ah! when will morning come? / Ah! where's my lover gone to-night? / And left me all alone?' This ballad was sung to the tune of 'Alice Gray'.
Poor Old Jeff
This ballad begins: 'Twas just one year ago today / That I remember well / I sat down by dear Nelly's side / And a story she did tell . . . ' Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, OVERGATE, DUNDEE'.
Poor Old Jeff
Verse 1 begins: ''Twas just one year ago to-day, / That I remember well, / I sat down by dear Nelly's side'. This song was to be sung to its original tune and would have cost a penny to buy. It was published by the Poet's Box but the accompanying address has been burnt out of the sheet. It was issued on Saturday 1st October, 1870.
Pop Goes the Weasel
This popular song begins: 'Now all the girls are going mad, / For pop goes the weasel, / And the finest tune we ever had, / Is pop goes the weasel.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Praise of the Weavers
This ballad begins: 'O Vow was there ever seen, / So many Weavers stout and keen / With Cluted Coats and riven Shoon / at Geordie Malice Brithel.' The text preceeding it reads: 'TO THE / Praise of the Weavers / GIVING AN / Account of their behaviour at a Wedding in Elgin of Murray. / to its own proper Tune.'
Prayer delivered by James Campbell
This broadside begins: 'Impressive Prayer ascribed, as delivered by James Campbell, to his fellow-convicts, before their leaving Glasgow Jail, on Wednesday morning 20th Novr., 1822.' It was published by Mayne and Company of Glasgow, and probably cost one penny.
Presbytery. A satyr
This ballad begins: 'AS Alexanders hastened death did bring / Each of his Captaines to be made a King, / Even fo our Bishops did ruines preferre / Unto a Bishopricke each Presbyter . . . ' It has been dated from another copy held at the British Library.
Pretended Prince of Wales's New Exercise of the Scotch Lang Goon
This ballad begins: 'JEEN your Speun Haund to your Lang Goon. / Hod him up, Sir. / Hod him doown the Speun Seede, hod him down now. / Opin your Kittle, sir . . . ' Below the title, there is a short note, presumably addressed to the Prince of Wales, advising him 'Tak Care on your Sell, sir, noow'.
This ballad begins: 'One morning in the month of May, / It's sweetly shone the sun, / All on the banks of daisies gay, / There sits a lovely one.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Pretty Little Nell
This broadside begins: 'LADY'S VERSION OF / PRETTY LITTLE NELL / THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER. / Written and Composed expressly for / Miss NELL MOONEY, / By Mr James A. Kerr, Edinburgh. / Air. PRETTY NELL.' The ballad begins: 'Now I am not a fast young lady, / Nor do I lead a fashionable life'.
Pretty Little Nell the Farmers Daughter and Down Among the Coal
The first verse of 'Pretty Little Nell' begins: 'When strolling on one summer's day down / a country lane, / just for a change of air, my boys, from town that / day I came'. The chorus begins: 'Pretty Little Nell, the farmer's daughter / I met her at the well drawing water'. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration of a young woman with a dog.
This ballad begins: 'Twas near the banks of bonny Tweed, / And in a flowery dell, / A rustic cottage reared its head, / The traveller knew it well; / For there a little lassie dwelt, / As fair as beauty's queen - / Not one so rare, not one so fair / As pretty Rosaline.' It was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was published on Saturday, 23rd December 1871 by the Poet's Box in Glasgow, priced one penny.
Prince Charlie and his Tartan Pladdie, The Tinker's Wedding and The Banks of Sweet Primroses
The first ballad begins: 'When Charlie first came to the North, / With the manly looks of a Highland laddie'.The second ballad begins: 'In June, when broom and bloom was seen, / An' brackens waved fu' fresh an' green'. The third ballad begins: 'As I walked out one midsummer's morning, / To view the fields and take the air'.
Prince Charlie and his Tartan Plaidy
Verse 1: 'When Charlie first came to the North, / With the manly looks of a Highland laddie'. A detailed woodcut of a grand and large house surrounded by estate land dominates the top of this sheet. Its inclusion would have increased the value of the sheet greatly and may have helped less literate viewers feel included.