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Letter from Andrew White, one of the Radicals transported for his part in the 1820 Rising
The sheet begins: 'Copy of a very interesting Letter which was received in Glasgow on Wednesday last from Andrew White, at Botany Bay, who was engaged in the Battle of Bonnymuir, giving a particular account of the situation of himself and his companions; and many other particulars respecting that now respectable Colony.' The sheet was published in May 1822 by John Muir of Glasgow.
Letter from Doctor Dalgeish to his Patient Mrs. M'Leod, and her Answer
Verse 1: 'M'Leod you vild Adulterous Jad, / Think you my Service is so Bad, / That ye think shame to ca' me Master / You filthy Drunken Warld's Waster, / Mrs. Ye're come to be a Patien / To the best Doctor in this Nation, / And is that you his name would kno' / Into this Town he?s Lord Provo, / So Mrs. tell me your Disease / And in short Time I will you ease.' The name of the publisher is not included.
Letter from Jimmy-the-Gum to his Big Brother Barney-the-Smasher
This broadside begins: 'ROYAL HOUSE DISTILLERY, Eliventeenth of Cawnpore, Dear Barney, - I am writing these few lines on the top of an old Indian drum, with neather top, bottom, nor sides to it. We landed here when we got on shore. Our first battle was at Never-sa-dhi. There was many thousands killed but I am happy to state there were no lives lost.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. It does not carry a date of publication.
Letter from John Kean to the Lord Provost and Magistrates
This crime report begins: 'An account of the Public Whipping of JOHN KEAN, for shooting at JOHN GRAHAM, a Cotton-spinner, which took place on Wednesday the 11th of May, on a Platform erected in front of Glasgow Jail, in presence of an immense multitude.' Attributed to John Kean on the 5th May 1825 and published by John Muir.
Letter from Kirkaldy
This report begins: 'Letter from Kirkaldy. DREADFUL ACCIDENT At Kirkaldy. By a Gallery in the Church falling down, during the time the Rev. Dr Irving was preaching to a crowed Audience whereby a great number was killed and wounded.' The letter that is included in the report is dated 'Monday Morning, June 16th 1828'. There are no publication details on the broadside.
Letter from Lady Boghall to Nicol Mushet
This broadside begins: 'A true Copy of a Letter sent by the Lady Boghall to her Son Nicol Mushet, Prisoner within the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, for the Murder of his own Wife.' The letter is dated the 21st November 1720. This broadside was printed in Edinburgh by Robert Brown in 1720.
Letter from Michael M'Cabe
This broadside begins: 'Just published, an interesting Letter from Michael M'Cabe, now lying under Sentence of Death, on the Gaud, in the Calton Jail, addressed to Rebecca Hudson, Bell's Wynd, his Sweetheart, which is published here by his own desire.' It was published in 1833.
Letter from Robert Emond to Magdalene Munro
This broadside begins: 'LETTER / Directed to Magdalene Munro, North Berwick, from Robert Emond, present prisoner in the Calton Jail, on suspicion of the Murder Mrs Franks and her Daughter.' The letter is dated the 18th November 1829.
Letter to the Author of the National Journal
This satirical piece begins: 'IN all the Lists of the Prisoners taken in or after the Battle of Culloden, I observe That none of those taken were wounded. Now, as in every Battle there are a great many wounded, and left in the Field of Battle a Prey to the Conquerors, who generally take as much Care of their wounded Enemies, as of their own wounded Men, I wish you would inform me what became of the Rebels---------that were left wounded in that Field at that Battle.' The letter is signed with the pseudonym Tom Curious. Below it is a reply from a man calling himself 'A true Modern WHIG'. It was published around 1746.
Letters of Gold
This ballad begins: 'Engraven in letters of honour and fame, / On history's page may be seen, / The men who for darilng have gained a grait name, / Endeared to the Island of Green!' The text preceeding it reads: 'Sung and Composed by PATRICK FEENEY. / This Popular Song can be had the Poet's Box, / Overgate, Dundee, / NEW SONGS OUT EVERY WEEK.'
Liberal's Catechism, Dropt at the Meeting of the Fourth District, by One of the Clique
This political broadside begins: 'Q. Are you a candidate for a seat in the Town Council? / A. Yes, I am. / Q. To what party do you belong? / A. I am a Liberal. / Q. Will you have the goodness to explain what you mean by that / term? / A. I mean true liberality, which consist in excluding from all power or influence every person whose political sentiments differs in the slightest / degree from my own.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Life and Actions of Mrs M'Leod
Verse 1: 'Since nought can satisfy the Wrath / Of these my Foes, but only Death / Before that I the world leave / My Confession ye's get, I believe / It wad be tedious to narrate / Each single Sin I did create / Because that they seem to be more / Than Sand that is on the Sea Shore...' The name of the publisher is not included.
Life and Behaviour of Samuel Bell
Following on from the title, this crime report continues: 'Late residenter at the Spittal, in the County of Durham. Who was executed on Wednesday, 3d of September, 1800, at the West End of the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, for the crime of issuing forged Notes.' The sheet was originally published in 1800 by J. Morrison of East Campbell's Close in Edinburgh's Cowgate, and republished in Glasgow by J. Galbraith.
Life and Bloody Death of William Lawrie's Dog
Verse 1 : 'William Lawrie had a Dog, / which he with meikle care, / Did train, teach and bring him up, / And breeding did not spare / First he begun to hunt the Hens, / And then because he saw / It pleas'd his Master, he began / to try the Sheep with a.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'The Ladies Daughter'. Although it may appear that this verse is unfinished, 'with a' is more likely the poet's or printer's orthography for withal, meaning besides or as well.
Life and Death of the Old Woman of Radcliffe Highway
This accident report begins: 'This is to let you understand that an old woman of Radcliffe Highway, was drowned in a heavy shower of feathers last night, 6 weeks ago.' There are no publication details attached to this sheet.
Life and Death of the Piper of Kilbarchan [Habbie Simpson]
This eulogy begins: 'The Epitaph of Habbie Simpson, / He made his cheeks as red as Crimson, / Who on his Dron bore bonny Flags, / And babed when he blew the bags.' As was noted along the top of this sheet, this eulogy was penned by Robert Sempill of Beltrees, Renfrewshire (c.1595-1665).
Life and Death of the Piper of Kilbarchan [Habbie Simpson]
This eulogy begins: 'THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE PIPER OF KILBARCHAN, OR The Epitaph of Habbie Simpson / who on his Dron bore Flags / He made his Cheeks as red as Crimson, / And babbed when he blew his Bags.'
Life and History of Robert the Raven
This broadside begins: 'The British Birds of late call'd over, / A Grand Fowl bred up at H-----r, / Exalted him to great Renown, / Deck'd with a rich Imperial Crown; / He swore he would maintain their Cause, / Religion, Liberties and Laws'. 'H-----r' should be taken to be 'Hanover'. Directly under the title it reads: 'Peers, Gentlemen, give Audience, To Fable ta'en from Common Sense'.
Life and Strange Adventures of Maragaret M'Donald the Female foot Boy
This report begins: 'Margaret M'Donald, the subject of the following narrative, was born in 1842, of poor, but respectable parents in this town. When she left she was but 13 years of age, her parents died and left her & an older brother, totally unprovided for. Her brother though 5 years older was but an apprentice tailor, and his scanty wages went but a short way in supporting them'.
Life and Tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster and A New Song
Verse 1: 'INTO a place in Argileshire / called Campbeltoun by Name, / One Alaster Mackalaster / Who once lived in the same.' This should be sung 'To the tune of, Captain Johnston's Lament'. The full heading of the broadside reads: 'AN ACCOUNT of the Life and tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster, [w]ho was hanged at Aberdeen the 31st of May, 1723'.
Life and Transactions of Mr Richardson, late Minister at Largs, how he committed Suicide, by cutting his own throat
This report begins: 'IT is with regret that we announce to the public, and more so to those who knew the above-described person. He was a young man lately placed as Minister of the parish at Largs, well beloved by all his hearers and all who knew him, promising in appearance, and benevolent in all his ways.' Although no publication date is included, a note at the foot of the sheet states that it was 'Printed for James Thomson'.
Life and Transactions of the Murderer Burke, and his Associates
This crime report begins: 'The following columns will be found to contain the substance of all the horrid atrocities committed by Burke and his associates, and of all the circumstances connected with that tragical affair.' The broadside also contains four captioned woodcuts, depicting Burke, Hare, Burke's common-law wife Helen McDougal, and one of their victims, 'Daft Jamie'. The sheet cost threepence to buy, and was published by Glass of 9 South Niddry Street, Edinburgh.
Life in Edinburgh!
This boxing match report begins: 'Milling Extraordinary! / Betwixt G___E W___R, the Aberdeen Champion. And M'D__D, the Royal Exchange, Edinburgh, Hero, on Friday 11th Nov. 1825, at Night!' The sheet was published by James McLean of Edinburgh, and cost a penny. A previous owner of the broadside has attempted to fill in the text which has been left blank (presumably to protect the people's identity).
Life in Edinburgh!
This broadside begins: 'A full, true and particular account of the narrow escape of a Gentleman from a Den in the Grass-market, who was nearly Burked by a crew of noted characters, well known in this city, he having been seized by the throat by a man and a number of women, who, after losing his coat-tails, and being severely wounded, with difficulty made his escape - (Told by Himself)'.
Life Let Us Cherish
This ballad begins: 'Life let us cherish while yet the taper glows, / And the fresh flower pluck ere it close; / Why are ye fond of toil and care, / Why choose the rankling thorn to wear'. The chorus reads: 'And heedless by the lily stray, / Which blossoms in our way.'
Life of Calcraft
This broadside begins: 'AN ACCOUNT OF THE EXECUTIONS IN SCOTLAND FOR THE PAST 200 YEARS.' The reader is provided with an alphabetical listing of the places of execution within Scotland, under which the names of those executed, along with the nature their crimes, are placed chronologically. Also provided at the end is a separate listing for the crime of witchcraft and a brief insight into 'THE ENGLISH CRIMINAL CODE', including a few interesting statistics.
Life of Charles McEwan, convicted of murder
This report begins: 'A correct account of the hardened and deplorable behaviour of Charles McEwan (now under sentence of death in Edinburgh) since his condemnation ; with a sketch of his life and transactions in the north, since he left Ireland, about ten years ago.' Published in Edinburgh by the booksellers.
Life of James Inglis or Clipstir, who was executed for horse and sheep stealing
The introduction to this broadside reads: 'A full and particular ACCOUNT of the Life and Actions of James Inglis alias Clipstir, who is to be execute upon Wednesday the first of May, for the Crimes of Horse and Sheepstealing.' The ballad itself begins: 'NO more this aged Sinner cheats the Tree, / Or swings a Helter round him wi' a Swie'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Life of James Revel
This moral lesson in rhyming couplets has a prose introduction that begins: 'Giving a sorrowful account of his fourteen years' transportation to Botany Bay, New South Wales, in February 1808, and his return home to London, in March 1st 1823, with a serious word of advice to all young men and women.' The poem then opens: 'My loving countrymen pray lend an ear / Unto these relations I bring you to hear.' It was published by John Smith of Edinburgh.
Life of Jean Murphy
This account begins: 'The HISTORY and Comical LIFE of Jean Murphy. Shewing the enterprising scenes she came through when commanding a party of Rebels in Ireland : how she travelled Scotland in man's apparel'.