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O Caledon, O Caledon
This ballad begins: 'O CALEDON, O CALEDON, / How wretch is thy Fate, / I, thy St. ANDREW do lament, / Thy poor abandon'd State.' The text preceeding it reads: 'An Excellent new / SONG / To the Tune of, OLD LONG SYNE.'
Och Hey, Johnnie Lad
This ballad begins: 'Och hey, Johnnie Lad! / Ye're no sae kind's ye should ha'e been, / Och hey, Johnnie lad!' Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration of a well-dressed man holding a sword behind his head.
O'Connell the Brave!
This ballad begins: 'You sons of Old Scotia, now show yourselves true, / Hoist up the thistle, with the buff and the blue, / All for the sake of the shamrock so green, / M. P. O'Connell he soon will be here'. The piece was written by John McLean, coalminer. It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh.
O'Donnell Abu! and Jamie Raeburn
These ballads begin: 'Proudly the note of the trumpet is sounding, / Loudly the war cries arise on the gale, / Fleetly the steed by Loch Suilig is bounding, / To join the thick squadrons in Saimear's green vale'; 'My name is Jamie Raeburn, / In Glasgow I was born, / My place and habitation / I was forced to leave in scorn.' The broadside was priced at one penny and published by James Kay of Glasgow.
Offering a reward for the capture of George Fachney
This broadside begins: 'HUY and CRY FOR APPREHENDING GEORGE FACHNEY Professor of Gaming and one of the subaltern Officers in Collonel Caldwell's new levied Regiment of Robbers / By John Dalgliesh, Lockman of Edinburgh.'
Old Arm Chair
This ballad begins: 'I love it, I love it, and who shall dare / To chide me for loving that old arm chair: / I've treasured it long as a noble prize, / I've bedewed it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Old Long Syne
This ballad begins: 'Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, / and never thought upon, / The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone.' The text preceeding it reads: ' An excellent and proper New Ballad, Entituled, / OLD LONG SYNE / Newly corrected and amended, with a large and new / Edition of several excellent Love Lines. / To be sung with its own proper Musical Sweet Tune.'
This account begins: 'MERLIN Reviv'd: / OR, / An Old PROPHECY / Lately found in a Manuscript in Pontefract-Castle in York-shire.'
Old World; or, It is Far from the World that I Have Seen
This ballad begins: 'WHen Vesperus with Vitage gray, / Had darkened all our Hemisphere,' and ends, unusually, with: 'AMEN'. It was supposed to be sung to its own proper tune.
On a Comfortable Cup of Tea
This moralising poem begins: 'I WONDER how people in drunkenness can delight, / For often drunkenness ends in spite. / A comfortable cup of tea will neither harm you nor me. / Those who only take a cup of tea'. This poem was written by Janet Reid of Carnock. It was published by MacDonald of Carrubbers' Close, Edinburgh.
On board the "Kangaroo"
Verse 1: 'Once I was a waterman, / And lived at home at ease; / Now I am a mariner, / And plough the angry seas; / I thought I'd like a seafarin' life, / So bid my love "adoo," / And shipped as cook and stewart, boys, / On board o' the "Kangaroo."
On the banks of Allan Water
This ballad begins: 'On the banks of Allan Water / When the sweet spring-time did fall / Was the miller's lovely daughter, / Fairest of them all.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Boz, 224 Overgate Dundee.'
On the Banks of Allan Water
Verse 1: 'On the banks of Allan Water / When the sweet spring-time did fall / Was the miller's lovely daughter, / Fairest of them all, / For his Brlde a soldier sought her, / And a winning tongue had he! / On the banks of Allan Water, / None so gay as she.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. It does not carry a date of publication.
One Pound Two
This ballad begins: 'Now Maggy dear, I do hear you have been on the spree, / Where is my whole week's wages gone, I pray come tell to me'. A note at the top states that the sheet was 'Printed and Sold by JAMES LINDSAY, Stationer, &c,, 9 King Street, Glasgow'.
One pound two
This ballad begins: 'Now, Maggy dear, I do declare, / You have been on the spree, / Where is my whole weeks' wages gone, / I pray now tell to me.'
One Pound Two
This ballad begins: 'Now Maggy dear, I do hear you have been on the spree. / Where is my whole week's wages gone, I pray come tell to me / When I come home at night I get no smell of drink on you, / Yet I wish to know how you lay out my one pound two.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration of a young man begging before a seated gentleman. A woman stands to one side and a windmill is visible in the background.
Only True Account
This report begins: 'Of the execution of Catherine Davidson, who was executed at Aberdeen on Friday last, for the murder of her husband, by pouring vitriol down his throat; with the confession which she made. With an account of a remarkable circumstance which happened about 40 years ago at the execution of a woman in Aberdeen, when the executioner threw the rope among the crowd, which struck her on the breast.' This story was sourced from the 'Caledonian Mercury' of Monday Oct. 11, 1830, and the broadside was published by John Muir.
Oor Maggie's got a Bairn
This ballad begins: 'While taking a crack ower a guid social drap, / In a public-house near to the station / Blawing up their heads about my great deeds, / And other important things o' the nation'. It was published in Dundee by the Poet's Box.
Oor Wee Kate
Verse 1: 'Was there ever sic a lassie kent as oor wee Kate? / There's no a wean in a' the toon like oor wee Kate; / Baith in an' out, at kirk and schule she rins at sic a rate, / A pair o shoon list last a month wi poor wee Kate.' Below the title we are told that 'Copies can always be had at the Poet's Box, 192 OVERGATE, DUNDEE'. 'Shoon' means 'shoes'.
Order of the Grand Procession of the Shoemakers of Kirkcaldy, in Honour and Memory of King Crispin !
This broadside notice announces a procession of shoemakers that is to take place in Kirkcaldy, on Midsummer's Day, 1822. After identifying the time, date and place of the meeting and procession, the sheet proceeds to list all the people who will be taking part in this procession. Although the name of the publisher is not included, the sheet was printed in Edinburgh and cost one penny. As this procession took place on the 2Oth of June, 1822, the sheet was probably published earlier that month.
Original Songs by John Pettigrew
'Auld Bailie Snap' begins: 'There is auld Bailie Snap he does reign in the east'
'Ancient Striling' begins: 'Let minstrels sing of sparkling wine'
'My Bonnie Dark-Eyed Dearie' begins: 'Oh, the sun has set an gloamin' grey'
'Leaving Thee for Ever' begins: 'I leave thee not in passion's hour'. The broadside was published for the author at the Minerva Printing Works, 80 London Street, Glasgow. It is not dated.
This ballad begins: 'I hear the people sing about the Drunkard's raggit wean, alane, / As I wander through the streets, quite dejected & alane, / Baith hungry, cauld, and raggit, and nae frien's at a' hae I; / And oh! There's few to pity me, a puir wee Orphan Boy.'
Verse 1 begins: 'I hear the people sing about the Drunkard's raggit wean, / As I wander through the streets, quite dejected and alane, / Baith hungry, cauld, and raggit, and nae frien's at a' hae I'. It is not clear from the introduction whether John Wilson of Glasgow was the publisher or author, or both, of this sheet.
Oul' Bog Hole
Verse 1 begins: 'The pig is in the mire, and the cow is on the grass, / And a man without a woman is no better than an ass'. The reader is directed to sing this song to the 'Air - 'Old Zipcoon'. There is a woodcut included above the title which shows a hooded and shawled girl, carrying a basket, walking along a country path.
Outrage by Irish Shearers
This report begins: 'Copy of a letter received this morning from an inhabitant of Lauder; containing a particular account of that dreadful Riot which took place there on Monday morning last, between a number of Irish shearers and the inhabitants.' The letter is dated September 26th, 1821.