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Whistle my Love and I'll Come Down
This ballad begins: PEGGY's a maid both kind and fair / and Peggy is dear to Johnnie, / And none in all Scot'and here or there / None is so blythe and bonny'. The broadside was published by John Pitts at the Toy Warehouse, 6 Great St Andrew Street, in the Seven Dials area of London.
Verse 1: 'The laverock mounts the airy sky, / And pours his sweetest notes on high, They charm the wanderer's ear gaun by, / But no sae much as Sannie, O!' At the top of the sheet there is a note: 'This Song is Copyright and the exclusive Property of the Author.' However, the author's name is not given and the sheet carries no other publication details.
This ballad begins: 'The laverock mounts the airy sky, / And pours his sweetest notes on high, / They charm the wanderer's ear gaun by, / But no sae much as Sannie, O!' The chorus begins: 'Then hey for Sannie, clever chiel, / Then hoy for Sannie, famed fu' weel'.
White Regiment's Lament for the Death of Captain Sarah
This lamentation begins: 'As dandering on the shoar of Leith, / Twa Wives wi Greeting shaw'd their Teeth, / Oh one says ane o're gane wi' Grief, / we've oft our Head, / Where shall we gang now for Relief, / Sin Sarah's Dead.'
This ballad begins: 'The sea was bright, and the bark wore well / The breeze bore the tone of the vasper bell. / 'Twas a gallant bark. with a crew as brave / As ever launch'd on the heaving wave.' A 'bark' is a small sailing ship, usually one with three masts and a square-sized stern. Below the title, a note states that 'Copies of this song can always be had at the Poets BOX BOX 190 192 Overgate DUNDEE'. Unfortunately, no date of publication is included on the sheet.
Who But I Quoth Finlay
Verse 1: 'There dwells a Man into this Town, / some say they call him Finlay, / He is a brisk and able Man, / O! if I knew but Finlay,' The ballad was to be 'Sung with it's own proper Tune'.
Whole particulars of the Trial of Mr James Stuart
This crime report begins: 'The whole Particulars of the Trial of Mr James Stuart, before the High Court of Justiciary on Monday the 10th June 1822, for being concerned in the Fatal Duel on the 26th March last, when Sir Alexander Boswell was mortally wounded, and died the following day.'
Whores of Edinburgh's Lament for want of Luckie Spence
This lament begins: 'TWice Sixteen Years hath over past, / Once sixteen more may prove our last, / Our Tender Yers in Lucky's service spent, / So pleasantly we can scarce Repent'. At the bottom of the sheet is a short verse entitled 'Luckie's Last Words'.
Widdows Rant; or, a Wedding-Song upon Widdow Jackson in Borthuicks-Clos
Verse 1: 'All ye Wifes in this Town / Thats moved for your Men, / And ye that puts on Mourning deep / When they are dead for them;' This ballad was apparently 'Composed by one of her own SEXES'.
Widow MacFarlane's Lamentation for Her Son
This ballad begins: 'On the Banks of Clyde I happened to wander, / In the month of August, when flowers was in bloom; / On the beauties of nature my mind it did ponder, / I heard an aged female who was making sad moan'. A woodcut illustration has been included at the top of the sheet, showing three men standing in front of a crouching figure. They are in a room with a vaulted ceiling.
This satirical broadside begins: '1. I am thy wife, and the sole mistress of thy house; thou shalt not have any other wife but me, whom thou did vow to love and cherish.' Although no publication date is included, a note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published, or supplied, by 'L. Macartney, The Poet's Box, 184 Overgate, Dundee'.
Verse 1 begins: 'Now tell me, Mary, how is that you can look so gay, / When evening after evening your husband is away?' This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. There is a woodcut illustration included above the title which depicts a desert scene of women and men interacting.
Will You Love Me Then As Now?
Verse 1 begins: 'You have told me that you love me, / And your heart's thoughts seem to speak'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. There is a woodcut illustration at the top of the sheet which depicts the Prince of Wales' crest.
William and Herriet
This ballad begins: 'There was a rich gentleman in Glasgow did dwell, / He had a lovely daughter a sailor loved well; / Because she was handsome and loved him so true, / Her father he wanted her to bid him adieu.' A woodcut illustration of a sailing vessel has been included above the title.
William Burke.--A New Song
This crime ballad begins: 'Come all you resurrection men, I pray you now beware, / You see what has happened William Burke, and likewise William Hare. / Hare he help a lodging house it was in the West Port, / Where all kinds of travellers unto it did resort.' Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh, in, or around, 1829. The ballad was written by John Logan, whose name is included after the last line. Below the ballad is a clipping regarding what course of action was taken against Dr Knox, the official who purchased the bodies from Burke and Hare.
William Burke's Confession
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye people of this nation, come listen unto me, / To young and old I will unfold this horrid trudge'. The woodcut, included above the title, depicts two men, one is possibly a boy, building a scarecrow in a field. There are no publication details attached to this sheet.
William Burke's Murders in the Westport
Verse 1 begins: 'People of Scotland give an ear in this sad tale, / It will make your hearts burn, and your faces turn pale, / Concerning a deed which has lately been done, / The like was ne'er heard of since the world begun.'
William Burke's Murders in the Westport' and 'Late Murders. A New Song
The first ballad begins: 'Ye people of Scotland give ear to this sad tale, / It will make your hearts burn, and your faces turn pale, / Concerning a deed which has lately been done, / The like was ne'er heard of since the world began.'
William Burk's Execution
Verse 1: 'Let old and young unto my song a while attention pay, / The news I'll tell will please you well, the monster Burke's away. / At the head of Libberton Wynd he finished his career, / There's few, I'm sure, rich or poor, for him would shed a tear.' This broadside carries no publication details. A short news report headlined 'QUEEN-SQUARE' has been pasted on to the sheet beneath the ballad.
William Pollock, who hanged himself in Edinburgh Jail
This report begins: 'Farther Particulars about William Pollock, who hanged himself in the Jail of Edinburgh, on Monday the 20th March, 1826, with his last Dying Declaration in a Letter to a Gentleman the night before his death.' It was published for William Robertson and priced at one penny.
This broadside begins: 'WILLIAM SANKEY, BOLDLY STATES, IN MERCHANTS' HALL, That every Evangelical is a Heretic; --- "All the Ministers have no commission from God;" --- "They are accursed;" --- and "All the churches are Synagogues of Satan."' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Willie Winkies Testament
This ballad begins: ' MY Daddie left me geer enough, / A coulter and an old Beam Plough, / A nebbed staff and a nuting Tyne, / An Angle Bend with Hook and Line.' It was to be sung to the tune of 'Willie Winkies Farewell'. A 'coulter' was a piece of farm machinery and a 'nuting Tyne' was a nut-hook.
Verse 1: 'When night's dark mantle has covered all / I come in fire arrayed; / many a victim I've seen fall, / Or fly from me dismay'd. / Will-o'-the-wisp! they trembling cry, / Will-o'-the -wisp! 'tis he! / To mark their fright as off they fly / Is merry sport for me.' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 1st May 1869 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Woman who masqueraded as a man, c. 1820
This report begins: 'A particular account of John Thomson, a journeyman plasterer, who has been working in one of the New Buildings in Lord Moray's Park . . . and who was discovered by a strange accident, to be Female, on Tuesday last'. There are no publication details on the sheet.
Verse 1: 'YOU men and you wives lend an ear to my song, / I warrant 'twill please you and not keep you long, / Indeed it's no joke but the truth I declare, / It's concerning your wives a trimming of their hair.' The broadside was published by Robert McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, in Glasgow. Although it is not dated it is likely to have been published in the mid-nineteenth century, when McIntosh is known to have had premises at this address.
Wonder of Wonders Being
This broadside story begins: 'A strange and wonderful Relation concerning a Mermaid that was seen and spoke with on the Cliff of Cromarry, near Inverness in Scotland, by a young gentleman, a Merchant, named Lauchland Mackintosh, who was tossed on the main Ocean for four Days and Nights. Together with an account of his wonderful Dream, and the strange Conversation he had with the Mermaid, and how he was preserved after his Return to Inverness.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
This report begins: 'Account of a Woman who was buried alive, and who broke open the coffin while they were laying her in the grave, which so frightened the company that they fled in every direction; also, a copy of the interesting Dream which she had in that state. CHELMSFORD, Oct. 4th, 1821.' It was published by William Carse of Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
This story begins: 'A strange and wonderful Account of a Rev. and well beloved Clergyman in London, who died a few days ago, and remained in that state for eighteen hours, and who, after being dressed in dead clothes, and laid out to be coffined, to the great surprise, terror and astonishment of all present, started up in bed, and, at great length, described the most wonderful sights he had seen, and what, he said, was to happen in the United Kingdoms in a short time.' The sheet was published by Francis McCartney of Edinburgh.
Wonderful Escape & Apprehension of Dan O'Connell
Following on from the title, this broadside report continues: 'From his place of confinement on Monday last, and who so agitated the minds of the people, by his ferocious conduct, that a vigorous pursuit was made after him, and in a few hours he was apprehended, and safely lodged in durance vile.' The sheet was published by Forbes & Co. of the Cowgate, Edinburgh. Although no date of publication is printed on the sheet, a hand-written note suggests it was published on, or around, the 18th of June, 1834.
Wonderful Grey Horse
Verse 1: 'My horse he is white, although at first he was bay, / He took great delight in travelling by night and by day; / His travels were great, if I could the half of them tell, / He was rode in the garden by Adam the day that he fell.' The broadside carries no publication details.