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Verse 1: 'Good people now just pray attend for awhile, / And I'll sing you a song that will cause you to smile, / Some curious facts to you I will tell, / But I can?t tell you yet that Sebastopol fell.' The author of the ballad is named on the sheet as George Billinge. The broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. It is not dated, but was probably published either between 1852 and 1859, or between 1891 and 1894, when Lindsay is known to have had premises at 9 King Street
Second attack of the wild beasts
This broadside begins: 'OLD TOWN ZOOLOGICAL / SECOND ATTACK OF THE Wild Beasts upon their Keeper IN THE ROYAL CIVIC ARENA, ROYAL EXCHANGE, EDINBURGH: Showing how the Animals Fought and how their Keeper Defended himself.' No publication details have been included on this sheet.
Second Defence of the Scotish Vision
This broadside begins: 'HOW stronge's thy Sense! How charming are thy Strains! / Who by soft Numbers moves our Northern Swains : / In gently Treating, with mild Words, a Peer, / Whom for unbyass'd Truth we all admire.'
This report of an execution begins: 'An account of the Behaviour and Execution of JAMES GLEN, who was Executed at Glasgow on Wednesday the 12th of December, 1827, for the inhuman Murder of his own son, by Drowning him in the Canal, near Port-Dundas.' It was published on 12th December 1827 by John Muir of Glasgow.
This report begins: 'An account of the trial and sentence of Robert Emond, who was tried at Edinburgh on Monday last, for the horrid murder and robbery of his sister-in-law and his niece, in the village of Abbey, near Haddington, by cutting their throats, and nearly severing their heads from their body; he was found guilty and sentenced to be executed at Edinburgh, on Wednesday 17th day of March next.--Glasgow 9th February, 1830.' Printed in Glasgow for John Muir.
Second Edition of the Dreadful Murder
This crime report begins: 'AWFUL BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR. / A full, true and particular Account of the most Horrid and Barbarous Murder of Mrs Calderhead, wife of Alexander Calderhead, Potato Dealer, Dunbar Street, in Fountainbridge . . . . . ' This sheet was published by the Edinburgh printers Forbes and Owen and was partly sourced from the 'Courant'.
Second Edition. Case of supposed Murder of a Child
This crime report begins: 'Full, True, and particular account of the apprehension of that unfortunate young woman, on the charge of killing her own child, which was found dead in a coal cellar, on Friday last, in Heward Place ; also an account of her commitment to the Calton Jail, to await her trial for the alleged Mnrder.' It was published by Forbes and Co of Edinburgh. These editions were sourced from the newspapers the 'North Briton' and the 'Caledonian Mercury'.
Second Edition: Execution
This broadside report of a confession and execution begins: 'Full, true and Correct Account of the Execution of James Gow, Shoemaker, residing in Bull's Turnpike Stair, High Street, and Thomas Beveridge, blacksmith, residing in Little Jack's Close, Canongate, who was executed his day, the 2d of December, for the cruel and bloody murder of their wives;' It was published by Forbes & Co. in Edinburgh.
Second last speech of Mort Collins
This broadside begins: 'The second last Speech of Mort Collins, who was execute at Glasgow on Wednesday the seventh of Novr. 1792, for the murder of John Panton, giving an account of his behaviour in prison and on the scaffold. To which is added the copy of a letter with his own hand to a friend. Also, the copy of a letter he received from Capt. Cook, while under sentence of death.'
Second List of the Indictments
This public announcement begins: '93 PERSONS / Persons?their Names and Crimes of all the Prisoners, belonging to the Counties of Lanark, Renfrew, Dumbarton, to stand Trial at the Court of the Justiciary, in Glasgow, on the 23d April 1823'. This sheet was published by Mayne and Co, Printers, in Glasgow.
Second Regiment of Royal Edinburgh Volunteers
This military ballad begins: 'ARISE and let us now repair / And go away to Heriot's Green, / The sun doth shine, the day is fair, / To see the Volunteers convene.' A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune of 'O'er the Hills and Far Awa', which is a traditional English folk song. Although there are no publication details for this sheet, the ballad's reference to 'King and Country' suggests that it was most likely published some time between 1778 and 1837.
This report begins: 'THE SECOND SPEECH Being an Account of the behaviour of James Day, in prison and on the Scaffold, on Wednesday the 20th of October 1790.'
This crime report begins: 'An account of the Trial and Sentence of Charles Maclaren, Thos. Grierson, and James M'Ewan, 3 boys, the oldest only 15 years of age, and all belonging to Edinburgh, for house-breaking and robbery, in Gray Street and George's Square, and who are to be Executed in Edinburgh, on the 12th of Feb. next.' This sheet was published by Glass of Edinburgh.
Serious Outrage and Disturbance in Glasgow
This broadside begins: 'An account of a Serious Outrage and Disturbance in Glasgow, on Saturday night last, 21st June, when the Military were called out, and 43 persons were apprehended and lodged in prison.' From other reports on the incident, we can ascertain that this took place in 1828.
Serious Poem Upon William Wood, Brasier, Tinker, Hard-Ware-Man, Coiner, Founder, and Esquire
This poem begins: 'WHEN foes are o'ercome, we preserve them from slaughter, / To be Hewers of Wood, and Drawers of Water: / Now, altho' to draw Water is not very good, / Yet we all should rejoice to be Hewers of wood.' A note at the foot of this sheet states that it was 'Reprinted from the Dublin Copy'.
Seven Men Sentenced to Die
'An account of the notorious WILLIAM PROBERT, and Six other unfortunate Men, who are all to be Executed in London on Monday Morning next, for the crimes of Horsestealing and Forgery. Probert was the companion of the late notorious Thurtel and Hunt, the horrid Murderers, the former of whom was also executed for the bloody murder of their companion, William Weare, in a lonely part of the country.' The sheet was published in 1825 by John Muir of Glasgow.
Shameful Case of Incest
This report begins: 'A Full, True and Particular Account of that most extraordinary, shameful and disgraceful case of Incest between the Minister of the parish of Logie, in Ross-shire, and his own sister. She was seized with the pains of child-birth, while playing at her piano . . .' The report was sourced from the Inverness Courier of December 1836.
She Put her Hand Upon his Skull, With this Prophetick Blessing, Be Thou Dull
This ballad begins: 'YE Coblers, and Taylors draw near, / Your Speecher is now turn'd Poet.' There are further handwritten marks and notes made on the sheet. There is no date, author or publisher given with this sheet.
This ballad begins: 'WHY weeps Melindor in this sullen grove? / Throws by his Crook, forsakes his fleecy Drove, / Brush'd with bleak Winds, and perishing through Cold, / Whilst only proling Wolfs possess the Fold?' Below the title, there is a note stating that this is 'A PASTORAL sacred to the memory of that excellent gentleman, and noble patriot, William Nisbet of Dirleton esq;, who died October 20th, 1724'. After this note, there is a Latin quotation from one of Horace's works.
Shiel's Rights of Man
This ballad begins: 'I speak in candour, one night in slumber, / My mind did wander near to Athlone, / The centre station of the Irish nation, / Where a congregation unto me was shown.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Ship Carpenter's Wife
This ballad begins: 'Come attend to my ditty, you frolicsome folks, / And I will tell you a story a comical joke; / Concerning a woman by auction was sold, / The husband and wife could never agree.' At the top of the sheet there is a woodcut illustration showing a man and woman having something to eat in a field. They are taking a break from their work and are positioned close to two hayricks. Three fieldworkers are visible in the background.
The text which introduces the recitation begins: 'John Wilson, late Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, was born in Paisley in 1785.' The recitation begins: '---Her giant form, / O'er wrathful surge, through blackening storm, / Majestically calm, would go / 'Mid the deep darkness white as snow'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box.
Ships breaking their moorings on the Clyde and sinking
This broadside news report begins: 'Account of that Destructive Calamity which occurred at the Broomielaw on Tuesday evening, when the ice broke the Mooring to which the vessels were attached, and about forty vessels were set adrift, running and knocking each other to pieces, and a number went down. The number of lives lost has not been ascertained. Such a calamity never before occurred in the River Clyde.' The sheet was published by William Carse of Glasgow on the 9th of February, 1831, and the story is sourced from 'The Glasgow Free Press' of that same day. The sheet was published in February, 1831, by William Carse of Glasgow.
Shocking and Disgraceful Murder
This crime report begins: 'Full, true and particular Account of the horrid and cruel murder of James Gough of the Royal Artillery, who was barbarously stoned to death by three men, on Sunday night: Together with the apprehension of the Murderers.' This report was sourced from 'this Day's Observer, Aug 14', and printed by Forbes and Co. of the Cowgate, Edinburgh, most likely between 1832 and 1833.
This crime report, sourced from the 'Glasgow Free Press' newspaper, begins 'Full and authentic account of the most Shocking Case of Depravity on record in the annals of this Kingdom, which took place in the vicinity of Airdrie, on Sabbath morning, the 2d June instant, by six Monsters in the shape of human beings !'. This broadside was published by Menzies, in Edinburgh.
This crime report begins: 'Account of one of the most Shocking Murders ever read of, committed by John M Wil[l]iams, at Midgeville, on the Body of his own Wife, by Stabbing her in several parts of the Body, and cutting her Throat from Ear to Ear; also an acccount of his Murdering his own Infant only Eight days old, by dashing it to the ground, and throwing it over the window, on Tuesday the 8th of January, 1824; likewise an account of the gallant manner in which he was seized by a servant Girl.' This was sourced from the Examiner newspaper and printed in Edinburgh in January 1823 or 1824, priced at one penny.
Short Account of the Martyrdom of James Algie & John Park
This account begins: 'The Broomlands church has changed its name. A stone has been inserted over the main door, bearing the following inscription: MARTYRS' CHURCH, Erected in 1835, by the Friends of the Church of Scotland.' Printed by Caldwell and Son, and taken from the 'Liberator', this account tells of James Algie and John Park, 'who suffered at the cross of Paisley, on the 3rd of February, 1685'.
Short Satyre on that Native of the Universe, the Albanian Animal
This satire begins: 'Sir, 'mong your Gifts your Candour's not the least, / In that you thus profess you are a Beast: / Albanian Animal shall be thy Name / From hence forth in the Registers of Fame.' There are no publication details available for this broadside.
The first verse reads: 'Ye envious Critics, try an' guess my name : / Thousands of times ye've seen an' heard the same : / Millions of times ye've given me offence, / But I must say, it's for the want of sense.' It was published by William Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh, and includes an elaborate illustration of a showman surrounded by interested onlookers.
Sights of Glasgow
This ballad was written by 'Glasgow's favourite comic singer', Charles Watson. We are told that he frequented the Shakespeare Saloon, which was in the Saltmarket, the principal area of the city for broadside publishing. Sung to the tune of 'Mr Cullen's Glasgow A B C', it begins, 'In this age of wonder, of fasion and delight, / Glasgow is the place of many a funny sight'. No printer is named but it is dated the morning of Saturday, May 2nd 1857.