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Sir Godfrey MacCulloch's execution
This crime report begins: 'The Last Speech of Sir GODFREY M'CULLOCH of Myretoun, Knight and Baronet, who was Beheaded at the Cross of Edinburgh, the Twenty Sixth day of March, 1697.' This sheet was published by John Reid of Bells Wynd, Edinburgh, in 1697.
Sir James the Ross
Verse 1: 'Of all the Scottish northern chiefs, / Of high and warlike fame, / The bravest was Sir James the Ross, / A knight of meikle fame.' It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh.
Sir John Boghouse
This ballad begins: 'WHO cares a single louse, / For Sir JOHN BOGHOUSE, / Or with AYTOUN pretends to compare him? / HE's a mere Tool of the Clique'. It was advertised as a new song and was to be sung to the tune, 'Saw Ye My Father'.
Verse 1: 'I am a noble hero, / By birth I am enslaved, / Near to the town of Wexford, / There dwells a comely maid, / She is fairer than Diana, / She is free from earthly pride, / And, this lovely maid, her dwelling place, / Is near the Slaney side.' This broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'Stilled are once more the shouts o' war, / And smiling peace returns. / There's sorrow noo in mony a hame, / There's mony a heart that mourns.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the broadside. However, a note at the foot of the sheet identifies the writer as 'Pte. J. Sibbald, 1st Black Watch'.
Slippy Stane, The Scotch Brigade, Somewhere the Sun is Shining, Nancy Whisky, and The Nameless Lassie
The first ballad begins: 'Wade canny through this weary world'. The second ballad begins: 'On the banks of the Clyde stood a lad and his lassie'. The third ballad begins: 'Somewhere in the world the moon is shining'. The fourth ballad begins: 'This seven long years I've been a weaver'.The fifth ballad begins: 'There's nane may ever guess or trow my bonnie lassie's name'.
This ballad begins: 'Noo, chaps and wunches a', / Div I no look reg'lar braw, / Since I 'listed for a sodger in the ranks? / Od! I've got a braw new hat.' The text preceeding it reads: 'PRICE ONE PENNY / Copies of this popular Comic Song can always be had at 80 London St., Glasgow. / Tune- "Coal Jock".' This sheet was published on Saturday 22nd May, 1886.'
This ballad begins: 'Wild blew the gale in Gibralter one night, / As a soldier lay stretched in his cell; / And anon, 'mid the darkness, the moon's silver light / On his countenance dreamily fell.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. Beneath the title it is noted that the song was 'Recited with Great Success by D. WILKIE of DUNDEE'.
Some Account of John Sherry
This crime report begins: 'Some Account of JOHN SHERRY, who was Executed in [front] of the New Jail of Glasgow, on Wednesday the 1st of No[vem]ber, 1815, pursuant to his Sentence, for Highway Robbery, [on] the road leading from Glasgow to Paisley, on the 19th May'. The broadside was published by T. Duncan of 159 Saltmarket, Glasgow.
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye Highland hearts, of generous mould, / Whose truth's renowned in story, / Ye Scottish heroes, brave and bold, / That love your country's glory!' The text preceding this reads: 'THEN FILL THE CUP TO MURRAY'S NAME. / AIR - "The Highland Watch".'
Verse 1: 'THEY'RE dear to me, the hills of Perth, / Those rolling floods, these golden plains, / The home of joy, the land of worth, / Where beauty smiles and valour reigns!' These lyrics should be sung to the tune 'He's o'er the Hills'.
Song of the Emigrant
Verse 1: 'I'm lying on a foreign shore, / An hear the birdies sing, / They speak to me o' Auld Langsyne, / An' sunny memories bring, / Oh but tae see a weel kent face, / Or hear a Scottish lay, / As sung in years lang, lang bye-gane, / They haunt me nicht and day.' The sheet was printed by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee and sold for a penny. It also features a woodcut of a thistle, an emblem of Scotland.
Song of the Jolly Jurymen
Verse 1: 'The Boar an' Geordie* tried a race, / Atween the pantry an' the brace, / Geordie fell an' brack his face - / The sow's tail to Geordie'. The footnote belonging to the star in the first line, explains that 'Geordie' is the Railway. The lyrics should be sung to the tune, 'Sow's Tail to Geordie'.
Song, Innerleithen Well
The first verse reads: 'O FAIR Innerleithen, and the River Tweed, / Whose beauty by nature, all art doth exceed, / Of this pleasing village, there's many heard tell, / And so have come here, to drink of our Well.' It was to be sung to the tune of 'The Blaeberries' and was published by W. Reid of Leith. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration.
Sons of Albion
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye sons of Albion bind up your arms, / To quell the rebel band'. There are directions for these lyrics to be sung to the tune 'Britain's sons never were afraid'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. Lindsay worked from these premises during the 1850s.
Sons of Levi, A New Masonic Song
Verse 1: 'Come all you craftsmen that do with, / To propagate the grand design. / Come enter into this bright temple, / And learn the craft that is sublime.' A woodcut of a small, low square building has been included at the top of the sheet.
Sons of the Thistle and Shamrock so Green
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye sons of old Scotland and Ireland too, / Draw near and I'll sing you a song that is true'. There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Following on from the title, the report continues: 'Who are now lying under Sentence of Death at Ayr, M'Manus for Murder, and Gibson for Assault and Robbery, and are to be executed on the 27th May, 1814.' This crime report takes the form of a separate lamentation from the two condemned prisoners, with both of the lamentations written in ballad format. The opening line of the first lamentation reads: 'You profligate young men, give ear & attend'. The opening line of the second lamentation reads: 'O now, when too late, I perceive my bad choice'.
This lamentation is introduced by a prose passge which begins: 'An account of the Sorrowful Lamentation of John Wilson and Duncan Frazer, 2 young men, who are to be executed at Edinburgh, on the 28th january 1824.' The first verse of the lamentation reads: Though in a dismal cell we stay, / We think time passes swift away, / We have not long to mediatate, / Upon our fast-approaching fate.' It was published in Edinburgh by the travelling booksellers in 1824.
Sorrowful lamentation of Jane Sneddon for the loss of her Lover, John Murray, in the disaster at High Blantyre
This ballad begins: 'On the Clyde's bonny banks as I lately did wander, / near the village of Blantyre I chanced for to rove; / I saw a young female dressed in deep mourning, / She sadly lamented the fate of her lover.' The author is credited as 'John Wilson B. S.G.'
Sorrowful lamentations of William Thomson
This lamentation begins: 'The sorrowful Lamentations of William Thomson, who is now lying under the awful sentence of Death, in the Calton Jail, and who is to be executed on Thursday the 1st of March, at Dalkeith, with an account of his behaviour since his condemnation.'
Verse 1: THus lurking as alone I lay, / where there was no Repair, / A Maid before me on the way, / I heard a Greeting fair: / Her Moan was loud it mov'd the Air, / to hear her still I stood, / She was lamenting evermair, / for fault of Tocher good.' The ballad was to be sung 'To an Excellent Old Tune'.
This execution notice begins: 'SPEECH / And dying Words of Serjeant Ainslie, who was Execute in the Castle of Edinburgh. / Written in a Letter to his Wife and Children.' This sheet was printed in Edinburgh in 1716.
Speech and Dying Words of John Dalgleish, Lock man alias Hang-man of Edinburgh
This sheet begins: 'WHEN Hangie saw Death drawing near, / The Carle grew in unko' Fear, / He sight and fab'd and shed a Tear'. No publication details are on the sheet.
Speech by John Curry
This last speech begins: 'The Speech of John Curry, To be delivered on the Tron 10th Apr. 1728.' Written in verse form the speech begins: 'Altho' my Lug's nail'd, to the Tron, / Yet I am not Tongue tacked John ; / I'l speak, tho' all the Bank look on, / And call me Rogue ; / I have not been an idle dron, / But Clever dog.' A handwritten note under the title suggests that John Curry's 'lug' was nailed to the Tron for forging banknotes.
Speech of M. Dupont, the French Atheist
This report begins: 'The late Enormities committed in France need not be so much wondered at, as any Man of common Humanity would otherwise do, when it is considered that the Leaders of that miserable Country have thrown off all Regard to Religion.' The broadside does not carry the name or place of its publisher or its date of publication, but it is noted that it was sourced and translated from 'Le Moniteur' of Sunday, 16th December 1792.
Speech of Sir Daniel Sandford
This broadside begins: 'SPEECH OF Sir Daniel Sandford, One of the Radical Candidates for the City of Glasgow, at Camlachie, on December 1832 - Conduct and base Plot of the Edinburgh Whigs to stifle the New-Borm Liberties of Glasgow - The Radicals triumphant.' The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor its place or date of publication.
This broadside begins: 'For the BENEFIT of Mr. MUNRO senior, (Master of all the MUSIC in Scotland.) At Major WEIR'S House, near the Head of the West-Bow, (commodiously fitted for that Purpose.) On WEDNESDAY the 1st of APRIL next, will be A SPIRITUAL CONCERT CALLED Harmony Revers'd ; or, The World turn'd upside down.'
This ballad begins: 'The line to Heaven by Christ was made, / With heavenly truth the rails are laid'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and features a woodcut illustration of a man preaching to a small crowd.
Sporting Ladies Reply to Mr Reynard the Fox's List, or Burlesque, on Them, and Their Profession, &c.
This ballad begins: 'Ye Noblemen and Gentlemen / Who're come to join the Fun, / To see the Races o'er again, / And Nymphs upon the Town.' A note below the title states that this broadside was 'Hawked by a black badger, his secretary', and that the ballad should be sung to the air, ' O' a the arts the wind, &c'. Although the publisher is not named and the sheet is not dated, it was printed somewhere in Edinburgh.