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St Andrew Agnew's Agony Bill
This ballad begins: 'Dear me what a change has seen our Nation, / Since we've reform'd out legislation, / Each M.P. as is now the fashion, / Brings a new bill every session.' A note above the ballad states that it should be sung to the air of 'Kate Dalrymple'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box, 6 St Andrew's Lane, Glasgow, and cost one penny.
St Peter at the Gate
Verse 1 begins: 'St. Peter stood guard at the golden gate, / With a solemn mien and an air sedate'. It was published by David Baxter of 32 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, and would have cost a penny to buy.
Star of Glengary
Verse 1: 'The red moon is up on the moss-covered mountain; / The hour is at hand when I promised to rove, / With the turf-cutter's daughter by Logan's bright water, / And tell her how faithful her Donald can love.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
State of the Poll and Death of the Council
This political broadside begins: 'Just published the melancholy Death of the Town Council of the City of Edinburgh, with an account of the Legacy which they have left to the inhabitants at their demise; also the state of the Poll at Closing, giving the names of the new councils elected this day.' Although no date of publication is included, the sheet was published by Forbes of Edinburgh.
Stolen kiss from Miss Peggy Prudence in the town of St. Ninian's
This story begins: 'An account of the curious Trial of STEENY SLY before the Jury Court at Stirling, on Wednesday last, for stealing a kiss from Miss PEGGY PRUDENCE, as she was looking out of her window in the 2nd story of her house in the town of St. Ninian's, while he was passing by as a passenger on the top of the Royal Perth Mail Coach. With the curious evidence of the other passengers and guard, who were examined as witnesses.' The sheet was published by John Muir of Glasgow. A note underneath the introduction states that the story was sourced from 'The Glasgow Courier' of Saturday, 10th of May, 1823.
Storm on the Paisley Canal
This ballad begins: 'Pray look on this victim of Cupid, / Tae my tale of woe give an ear, / As sure as death I'm knocked quite stupid, / I'll gang wrang in the head tae, I fear'. It could be purchased from the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee, and was priced at one penny.
Storm on the Paisley Canal
Verse 1: 'Pray look on this victim of Cupid, / Tae my tale of woe give an ear, / As sure as death I'm knocked quite stupid, / I'll gang wrang in the head tae, I fear, / An it's a' through a lass that I gaed wi' / Ay, Mary M'Phail was her name; / My affections she has cruelly played wi', / And left me like a wandered wean.' This ballad was to be sung to an original tune, and was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee.
This report begins: 'Particular Account of JOHN WOOD, who is now under sentence of death at Perth, and is to be executed there on FRIDAY the 16th of July, and what is wonderful is to be tried at Edinburgh the day before his execution, for another crime, Housebreaking and Theft, and though he should be cleared of the second indictment, he must suffer the day following for his first offence, being one of the most singular circumstances which has ever occurred in Scotland.' The sheet was published by William Carse of Glasgow in 1824.
Strange and Wonderfull Apparitions
This intriguing report begins: 'STRANGE AND WONDERFULL APPARITIONS That was seen in the Air, over the most Parts of Europe, on March Last, 1719, but more Particularly, in SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, FRANCE and SPAIN, with same Remarks thereon. No publication details are given.
This account begins: 'The St. James's surprizing and a frightful APPARITION / Being a fearful and terrible Account of a wonderful Vision that appeared at St. James's Park, near St. James's House on Saturday Night, being the 13th of January 1722.'
Strange Circumstance which Took Place in the Tolbooth Ch[urch]
This report begins: 'Just Published, an Account of that Extraordinary & Singular Circumstance which took place at the Tuesday morning Lecture, in the Tolbooth Church, High Street, Edinburgh; when neither Minister or Precentor having come forward, an old Woman mounted the Pulpit, addressed the Audience - sung Psalms - offered up Prayers, [an]d dismissed the Congregation, to the astonishment [an]d satisfaction of her Hearers'. There is minor damage to the broadside that has obscured parts of words. The publisher was James Brown of Edinburgh. The date of publication is not supplied.
Strifeling Cavalry. A New Song
This ballad begins: 'Our Yeoman are on an' awa, brave boys, / Our Yeoman are on an' awa'. This sheet was published by Webster of Horse Wynd, Edinburgh.
Struggle for the Breeches
Verse 1 and chorus: 'He. About my wife I mean to sing a very funny song, / She. I hope that you will tell the truth let it be right or wrong, / He. You know you are an arrant scold, both out of doors and in, / She. I knew you brute it was a lie before you did begin. / He. So you are inclined I still do find, the breeches for to wear, / She. No dear not I, but I will die, or I will have my share.'
Stump Speech and Cure for a Cripple
The 'Stump Speech' begins: 'FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS, - Unaccustomed as I um to public speaking, allow me to say that when a man stands before a number of his fellow men to speak, he assumes a liberty'. This is clearly a parody of the traditional stump speech. Stump speech is another name for a campaign speech, usually political, which covers a large number of non-specific points. It is so called because those delivering the speech would traditionally use a tree stump as a raised platform.
Suicide of William Pollock
This public notice begins: 'A Full True and Particular Account of the Suicide committed by WILLIAM POLLOCK, in the Jail of Edinburgh, yesterday morning, the 20th March 1826, who was condemned to be Executed here tomorrow'. This sheet was published by J. Cumming of Edinburgh and would have cost a penny to buy.
Suicide of Wm. Pollock!
This report begins: 'A Full True and Particular Account of the Suicide committed by William Pollock, in the Jail of Edinburgh, yesterday morning, the 20th March 1826, who was condemned to be Executed here tomorrow (Wednesday the 22d current) for the Murder of his own Wife; together with a copy of his LETTER to Mr Young, Governor of the Jail, &c.' The broadside was priced at one penny and was published by J. Cumming of Edinburgh.
Suitable attire for Edinburgh citizens to wear when meeting royalty
This public notice begins: 'THE LORD PROVOST and MAGISTRATES, aware of the Anxiety of their Fellow -Citizens to make preparations as Time will permit'. This sheet was issued by the Council-Chambers on the 26th July 1822.
Sunday Sailing and The Dawning of the Day
These ballads begin: 'Good people all pray give attention, / Some simple facts I'm going to mention' and 'As I walked out one morning fair, all in the summer time, / Each bush and tree was dressed in green & valleys in their prime.' The publisher of the broadside was James Lindsay of King Street in Glasgow.
Sunday Steamer Emperor
Verse 1: 'Arouse true friends to Freedom's cause. / Ye working men arise! / repel with scorn your sneaking foes, / Their lawless schemes despise. / United stand! defend your cause - / be faithful, firm and true - / By sound and honest argument / The right will wrong subdue, / Then flourish long the Sunday boat, / The captain and the crew.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Scotland Yet'. The publisher was James Lindsay of King Street, Glasgow.
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye gentlemen listen to my humble song, / And I will declare what I think to be wrong'. A woodcut decoration has been included between the title and the verses.
This report begins: 'Account of that Horrid and Barbarous Murder, which a Baker supposed he had committed on the body of his Wife in Glasgow, on Tuesday last, the 15th March, 1827, and for which he has undergone a public investigation.' This report was sourced from the 'Free Press', 17th March 1827.
This amusing broadside is in fact a parody of a surgeon's bill, as illustrated by the ridiculous services that the doctor has performed on his - hopefully - fictitious patient. Although the broadside is not dated, the bill itself was apparently written on the 30th of May, 1830. A note at the foot of the sheet states it was published by W. Sanderson, whose premises were located in Edinburgh.
Susan's Adventures, Napoleon's Farewell to Paris and British Man-of-War
The first ballad begins: 'Young Susan was a blooming maid / So valliant stout and bold.'The second ballad begins: 'FAREWELL ye splendid citadels, that metropolis call'd Paris' / Where Phoebes every morning shoots forth her revolving beams.'The third ballad begins: 'It was in yon meadows I carelessly did stray, / And I beheld a lady fair with some young sailor gay.' As this sheet includes three ballads for the price of one, the pedlars and chapmen who sold broadsides to the public would have marketed this one as a bargain.
This crime report begins: 'A Full True and Particular Account of the discovery of no less than Four Dead Bodies, on Saturday last, in different parts of Edinburgh, under violent suspicion of more than one of them having been murdered, - namely, the body of Alexander Kennedy, fifty-one years of age, found in Hunter's Close, Grassmarket . . .the finding of the body of a young woman in Princes Street, packed up in a box . . . The finding of the body of an infant near the Canal Basin . . . And the finding of the body of another infant in the Canongate Church Yard.' The publisher was Forbes and Owen of 118 High Street, Edinburgh. The date is not supplied.
Sutherland's Lament, for the loss of his Post, with his advice to John Dagless his Successor
This lament begins: 'I Think Auld Reikie's now grown Daft, / To Change my Lord Provo so aft, / For ae poor shot o' wrang cad waft, / They've Banish'r me: / I was the Deacon o' my Craft, / An boor the Gree.' An illegible hand-written note has been included under the title, along with the date 25th July 1722.
Sweet Annie o' the Winding Dee
Verse 1, to be sung to an original tune: ' Wild flowers may deck the verdant vale, / And perfume sweet the balmy gale, / They ne'er can be compar'd to thee, / Dear Annie o' the winding Dee . . .' It is not clear why the text after 'Poet's Box' has been scratched out, perhaps it was an address which had changed.
Sweet Jenny; or, Where Can She Be
This ballad begins: 'I come from Laaf-and-daaf and half-and-half, / Across the Welsh mountains, / Where the leeks and the violets / And the nanny-goats do dwell - / I come here in search / Of a lovely young damsel, / And where she has gone to / I'm sure I can't tell.' It was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and was priced at one penny. The broadside was published on Saturday, 7th October 1865 by the Poet's Box in Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'Long ago an angel I knew, if ever a one was seen, / She was a bonny sweet child of eight, and I was just eighteen: / And every night she'd sit on my knee, her arms round my neck and say / I love you, I love you, and when I grow big, now promise to marry your May.' This broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee and priced at one penny.
Symposium of Scottish Songs
This story begins: 'There was ance held a gran' meetin' o' Scottish sangs. The date thereof was sometime before or after the year "Auchty Nine;" the place canna be fixed wi' the same exactness, but it was probably near "The Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon," in honour o' the "Lad that was born in Kyle."' The story is mysteriously signed with the initials of the author, 'W.S.'