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This ballad begins: 'The moon's on the lake and the mist's on the brae, / And the clan has a name that is nameless by day;'. Published in Dundee by the Poet's Box, the song was apparently 'Sung with great success by Miss G. Forrester'. It is possible that Miss Forrester was a local celebrity, and by using her name the publisher hoped to sell more copies.
MacKay poisoned ! !
This crime report begins: 'It is now firmly believed that Sandy was hocussed, as they term it in the fancy, and the wretch who administered the soporific drug is unhesitatingly named through all the sporting houses'. A second report is also included which details the execution of Barney McGuire on June 7th 1830. This sheet, which cost a penny to buy, was printed for William Robertson.
Verse 1: 'WHA wadna be in love / Wi' bonnie Maggie Lauder? / A Piper met her gaun to Fife, / And spier'd what was't they ca'd her? / Right scornfully she answered him, / Begone, ye hallan-shaker! / Jog on your gate, you blather skate, / My name is Maggie Lauder.' 'Hallanshaker' is Scots for a 'rascal' or 'beggar' and 'blather skate' or 'blatherskite' is a person who talks nonsense. This broadside was published by Simms and McIntyre of Donegall Street, Belfast, and includes an unusually large and detailed illustration.
This ballad begins: 'WHA' wadna' be in lor / Wi' bonny Maggy Lawder, / A piper met her gaw on to fife, / He spierd wat was they ca'd her, / Right scornfully she answer'd him, / Begone ye hawling shaker'. Below the title, a note states that the sheet was published by Charles Pigott of 52 Compton Street, Clerkenwell, London. A 'hawling shaker' is a Scots expression for 'tramp'.
Maid of the Rhine
Verse 1: 'Thou dark rolling River, how gladly for ever, / I'd dwell on the rich banks, all rich with the vine, / That bright sky above thee, how fondly I'd love thee, / If blest with the heart of the maid of the Rhine.'
Man that Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
Verse 1: 'I've just got here, through Paris, from the sunny southern shore, / I to Monte Carlo went, just to raise my winter's rent; / Dame Fortune smil'd upon me as she'd never done before, / And I've now such lots of money, I'm a gent, / Yes, now I've such lots of money, I'm a gent.'
Man that is Married and The Little Gypsy Girl
'A Man that is Married' begins: 'When a man first appears in maturity's years, / To encounter the troubles of life, / He thinks with delight he could make himself right, / Could he only get hold of a wife...'
Man who became possessed by an evil spirit
This story begins: 'An account of the strange and wonderful manner in which John Fox, who some time ago lived near Nottingham, was sorely afflicted with an Evil Spirit, that threw him into fits, deprived him of the power of speech, spoke within him, and endeavoured to baffle the efforts of the Ministers who attended him, whose names are here mentioned; also an account how he was at length relieved, after remaining three years dumb, and lived a virtuous and religious life.' Although no date of publication is included, the sheet was published by T. Duncan of Glasgow.
Manner of the Barbarous Murther of James
This early broadside begins: 'The Manner of the Barbarous Murther of JAMES, Late Lord Arch - Bishop of James, Late Lord Arch-Bishop of St. Andrews, Primate and Metropolitain of all Scotland, And one of his Magesties most Honorable Privy-Council of that Kingdom ; May 3. 1679.' Published in London for J. S. and B. H.
Mansie Waugh's Dream Concerning the Execution of Burke, Parts First and Second
The first part of this story begins: 'MY old and faithful servant, Tommy Bodkin, has long been Thomas Bodkin, Master Tailor in Dalkeith, but removed to Edinburgh . . ' The second part of the story begins: 'We had a long and jolly night of it, but my head began spinning like a peerie, and I thought a' the room rinning round about . . .' The broadside was published by W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh.
Mantle so Green
Verse 1: 'As I was walking one morning in June, / To view the gay fields and meadows in bloom, / I espied a young female, she appeared like a queen, / With costly fine robes, and a mantle so green.'
Marble Arch and O'Donnell Aboo
The first ballad begins: 'WHILE strolling near the Marble Arch, / One evening in July, / A maiden fair, with golden hair, / Came tripping lightly by, / The lustre of her almond eyes, / Shone o'er me like a torch / And in a whisper, softly said, / Is this the Marble Arch?' This ballad was written, composed and sung by Sam Bagwall.
Margaret and the Minister, A True Tale
This ballad begins: 'A douse, religious kintry wife, / That liv'd a quiet, contented life, / To show respect unto the priest / Wham she esteemed within her breast'. It is dated 'Saturday morning, July 15, 1871'. A note under the title informs the reader that 'Copies can always be had in the POET'S BOX, 80 London Street, Glasgow'.
Margaret Bell's Lament
Verse 1: 'Adieu unto Barrhead, and to Neilston also, / Where the river Levern it sweetly does flow, / My poor aged mother, for ever farewell, / An exile for life is your poor Margaret Bell.' This ballad is to be sung to the tune of 'Braes of Strathblane'. It was published by Brown and Son, of 56 Trongate and 25 Nelson Street, Glasgow. A woodcut of the Ark adorns the top of the sheet.
Margaret Bell's Lament
Verse 1: 'ADIEU unto Barrhead, and to Neilston also, / Where the river Levern it sweetly does flow, / My poor aged mother, for ever farewell, / An exile for life is your poor Margaret Bell.' The broadside was published by James Lindsay of King Street in Glasgow. It is not dated.
Margaret Dickson's Penetential Confession
This confession begins: 'Margaret Dickson's penetential confession / What former Friend may ease troubled Thought / When Mid-night Darkness comprehends me round, / And before the dread Tribunal brought, / Call'd by the last and awful Trumpet's Sound.'
Martin's Wonderful Prophecies!
This broadside begins: 'Martin's Wonderful Prophecies! RELATING TO England, Scotland, and Ireland. With and account of the Wonderful Change that must shortly take place in the Government, and in the State and Condition of the People.' The sheet is not dated, nor does it carry the name or location of the publisher. It was sold for one penny.
Mary Le More
This ballad begins: 'As I stray'd o'er the common on Cork's rugged border, / While the dew-drops of morn the sweet primrose array'd, / I saw a poor female, whose mental disorder / Her quick-glancing eye and wild aspect betray'd.' It was published by Robert McIntosh of King Street, Calton, Glasgow, and includes an illustration at the top of the sheet.
Verse 1 begins: 'In a small country cottage by the side of a moor, / Oh there lived one Mary Mackree'. There is a note included which reads 'See 11', although there is no context given to this comment. A woodcut of the torso and head of a young highland lady has been included at the top of the sheet.
Verse 1: 'In a small country cottage by the side of a moor, / Oh there lived one Mary Mackree, / And she kept the sign of the Bell and the Boar, / And very good liquor sold she. / Mary being old, scare could hobble about, / She kept a servant girl to serve the liquor out, / As bonny a lass as ever you did see, /Sold ale to the customers of Mary Mackree.'
Verse 1 begins: 'I am a bold undaunted youth my name is John M'Cann, / I am a native of Donegal, was bred near sweet Strabane'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow (1860-90).
Mary, Queen o' Scots
This poem begins: 'I look'd far back into other years, and lo! in bright array, / I saw, as in a dream, the forms of ages pass away.' A note underneath the title states that 'Copies of this splendid production can always be obtained at the POET'S BOX, 80 London Street, Glasgow'. A further note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published on Saturday the 27th of October, 1877.
Mary, the Maid of the Don
Verse 1 begins: 'On the banks of the Don where I wandered with pleasure, / Where life's smiling visage invites me to roam'. There are no publication details attached to this sheet, but a woodcut illustration has been included at the top of the sheet. It shows a young fishwife, standing on a beach, with her nets.
Mary, the Maid of the Inn
Verse 1: 'Who is she, the poor maniac, whose wildly fix'd eyes / Seem a heart overcharg'd to express? - / She weeps not, yet often and deeply she sighs; / She never complains; but silence implies / The composure of settled distress.' This poem was published on 3rd July 1869 by the Poet's Box in Glasgow, priced one penny. At the foot of the sheet it is noted 'The POET is universally admitted to be the cheapest LETTERPRESS PRINTER in the city'. The 'POET' is not named.
This ballad begins: 'The moon had climbed the highest hill, / That rises o'er the source of Dee; / And from the eastern summit shed / Her silvery light on tower and tree'. A woodcut of a young woman holding aloft a birdcage whilst being looked at by an unusually large cat (or strangely shaped dog) decorates the top of the sheet. The sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow.
Mashers of Ramsey's Pend
Verse 1: 'We'll sing you a song, and it wont be long, / If you listen to what we say / It's about two girls you know very well / And they live straight over the way. / There cheeks are as red as a piece of white chalk, / And they wear a Grecian bend; There's no mistake about it, / They're the mashers of Ramsey's Pend.' This song was published by the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee.
Massacre of Glencoe
This ballad begins: 'O! dark lowr'd the night on the wild distant heath; / And the wild raven croak'd out the bodings of death; / While the mood hid her beams in the clouds out o' woe, / Disdaining to gaze on the fields of Glencoe'. It was published by James Lindsay, 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration.
Massacre of Macpherson
Verse 1 and chorus: 'Fhairson swore a feud against the clan Mactavish, / Marched into their land to murder and to ravish, / For he did resolve to extirpate the vipers, / With four and twenty men and five and thirty pipers. / Too ran ach a' be, / Dal a gee a sorus, / Come a' rach an tuch, / And that's a Gaelic chorus'. This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet's Box in Glasgow. At the foot of the sheet is a 'List of Newest Songs and Recitations' available from the publisher.
Matrimony Application by Advertisement, for a Wife
This broadside begins: 'Just Published, the True, and Genuine Copy of an Advertisement for a wife, which appeared a few days ago, in one of the Edinburgh Journals ; with Copies of the Letters received by Lawrance Scott, Esquire, in answer to his advertisement'. It was printed by Forbes, possibly in the early nineteenth century, and probably sold for one penny.
This ballad begins: 'Good people give attention / To those truths I herewith mention, / And pour in full extension / Your sympathy to me.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.