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Paddy on the Railway
This ballad begins: 'A PADDY once in Greenock town, / For Glasgow city he was bound, / Staring all round and round, / At length he saw the Railway.' A woodcut illustration of a man carrying two guns has been included at the top of the sheet. Standing next to him is a dog or some other type of animal. Sometimes used in a derogatory way, 'Paddy' is a familiar form of the name Patrick or an informal name for an Irishman.
This ballad begins: 'In blythe and bonny Scotland where the blue bells do grow, / There dwelt a pretty maid down in a valley low. / Its all the day long she herded sheep upon the banks of Clyde, / Although her lot in life was low she was called the village pride.' The broadside carries no publication details.
Verse 1: 'In blythe and bonny Scotland, where the blue bells do grow, / There dwelt a pretty fair maid down in a valley low'. A woodcut has been included at the top of the sheet. It shows a vanquished man in a wooded glade, surrounded by threatening advisories.
This ballad begins: 'In blythe and bonny Scotland, where the blue bells do grow, / There dwelt a pretty fair maid down in a valley low.' The woodcut included above the title shows a wooded valley. At the bottom of the valley a uniformed man is being brutally attacked by both women and men, one of whom is on a horse.
Panegyrick on Philip King of Spain, upon his renouncing his crown and Kingdoms, to live in a Hermitage
This poem begins: 'HAIL Miracle of Monarchs who resigns, / Thy Crown, thy Kingdoms, and thy Golden Mines, / Mocking the royal Pageantry of State, / Ambitions rather to be good, than great'. No date or publication details are given, although the National Library of Scotland's online catalogue has Alexander Pennicuik as the author.
Panegyrick on Robert Cowan's Trip to the Tron
This ballad begins: 'What Moonshine or Trade-wind hath blown thee here, / Loadstone of Trade, why did the Skipper Stear / Thy Vessel for to Harbour at this Tree, / And failing down our Coasts cry Helmalee.' Following on from the title, there is some text explaining the motive for writing this ballad, some scribbled notes and a dedication in Latin. Although no publisher is named, the sheet was printed in 1724.
Pardon Came Too Late, She was Bred in Old Kentucky, You Can't Put an Old Head on the Shoulders of a Child, and Just Like the Ivy, I'll Cling to You
The first ballad begins: 'A fair-haired boy in a foreign land at sunrise was to die ; / In a prison cell he sat alone, from his heart there came a sigh'. The second ballad begins: 'As a lad I stood one day by a cottage far away, / And to me that day all nature seemed more grand'. The third ballad reads: 'To spare the rod will spoil the child, I've often heard people / say'. The fourth ballad begins: 'Grand-dad sat at evenfall / 'Neath the dear old garden wall'.
Parody on Laird o' Cockpen
This ballad begins: 'The Laird o' Cockpen he's puir and he's duddy / Wi' daidling and drinking his head is aye muddy / But he was determined to hae a bit wife, / Although shs [she] should vex him the rest o' his life'.
Parody on M'Gregor's Gathering
This ballad begins: 'While there's beef in the pat, / And there's soup in the brae, / There's twenty four hours, / In a nicht and a' day'. A 'pat' translates as a 'pot' in English. 'Brae' normally means 'hill', as this is a nonsense song it could possibly be meant as a joke. It was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee and sold for a penny.
Parody on the Lammy and Black-eyed Susan
As this broadside contains two separate ballads, the chapmen would have sold the sheet as a special offer of two for the price of one. The opening line of the first ballad reads: 'O whar hae you been a' day, creeshie soutar Johnnie'. The opening line of the second ballad reads: 'All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd'. 'Cresshie' means 'greasy'.
Parody on the Sailor's Grave
This ballad begins: 'The fight was far, far from the land, / When the bravest of our gallant band / Grew deadly pale and weaned away / From a shillelagh's top on an autumn day.' It was to be sung to the tune 'The Sailor's Grave'. The broadside was priced at one penny and published on Saturday, 2nd May 1863. The publisher was the Poet's Box, but the town of publication has been obscured, but was probably Glasgow.
Particular account of the execution
This report of an execution begins: 'Particular account of the Execution and behaviour of a yonng man, named David Wylie, who suffered at Glasgow, on Wednesday the 12th November, 1823, for Housebreaking and Theft, with his warning to the young to beware of numerous gangs of thieves who are at present committing crimes throughout the country, also his affectionate address on the scaffold.' Published in Glasgow, reprinted by J. Young of Edinburgh in 1823.
Particulars of that Fight between Johnston and Pat Holton
This news report begins: 'The whole particulars of that fight between Johnston and Pat Holton, which took place yesterday, Monday 7th March 1825, for a heavy sum of money, about 12 miles from Edinburgh.' The name of the broadside publisher is not given, but a note beneath the introduction reads: 'Extracted from the Account given in this day's Edin. Observer.
Pastoral Poem betwixt Samuel and Cuddie
This ballad begins: 'WHat News, Friend Cuddie, how's your bonny Flock? / Death, fatal Death's giv'n mine a heavy Strock! / Now frae the bieldy Glens, and Velvet Lees, / Where I've been glad, a Pleasure quickly flees.'
The verse begins: 'Ye Muses nine with me combine, / Assist my slender quill, / I hope you'll pay attention, / To every line I fill; / My name is Pat McGuire, / How can I it conceal, / By the cruelty of Mary Caze, / I lie in Lifford Jail.' In other versions of this ballad Pat McGuire appears as Pat Maguire, and Mary Caze is referred to as Mary Kays or Mary Keys.
This ballad begins: 'Ye Muses nine with me combine, assist my slender quill, / And my weary notions at every line [I] fill, / My name is Pat M'Guire how can I conceal, / By the cruelties of Mary Keys I lie in Lifford Jail.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration of a group of well-dressed individuals surrounding a clergyman.
This ballad begins: 'Ye sunny lands, beyond the main, / Where plenty smiles in store; / Thy charms may tempt our roving sons / To leave their native shore.' The author of this ballad was James Kirkwood, who appears to have lived in Garth, which is near Denny in Stirlingshire.
Pat's Opinion of Garibaldi
This ballad begins: 'Now since you've call'd me for a song / If you will give attention, / General Garibaldi is the theme, / To you I'm going to mention.' The chorus reads: 'I was never fond of telling lies, / My name is Pat M'Salday, / He was afraid of our Irish boys, / Was General Garibaldi.'
Pearl of the Irish Nation
This ballad begins: 'HArd was my Lot for to be shot / By Cupits Cunning Arrows, / Both Night and Day I fall away, / Through perfit grief and Sorrow, / To the Hills and Deals I oft Reveal, / And breaths forth my Lamentation, / Which I endure for that Virgin pure, / The pearel of the Irish Nation.' The text above the title reads, 'An Excellent new Song lately composed'.
This broadside begins: 'An excellent form of a PRAYER, said to have been aften used by the unfortunate James Gow, shoemaker, who was Executed yesterday, Friday the 2d of December 1831, for the Murder of his Wife, and whose Body was delivered to Dr. Munro for dissection, since his condemnation.'
People of Scotland Beware!
This public notice begins: 'Mr. A. CAMPBELL, and his colleague Mr. J. HENSHALL, from Virginia, U.S., are at present lecturing throughout Scotland on Christian Union'. The sheet was published by J. Jeffers Wilson on the 17th August 1847.
Perished the Pack
Verse 1 begins: 'In the days of my youth when I travelled the kintra, / Bare in my rumple the wearifu' packs, / Frae the east neuk o' Fife to the cauld hills o' Fintry'. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Perpetual Almanack!!! Or, Gentleman Soldier's Prayer-book
Following on from the title, this broadside story continues: 'Showing how one Richard Middleton was taken before the Mayor of the City he was in, for using Cards in Church during Divine Service: being a Droll, Merry, Humorous Account of an Odd affair that happened to a Private Soldier in the 60th Regiment of Foot.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Persons to be tried at the Circuit Court of Justiciary, Glasgow
This broadside begins: 'A list of those who are indicted, and to be tried before the Circuit Court of Justiciary, to be opened at Glasgow on Tuesday the 20th day of September 1791.'
Persons tried at the Circuit Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh
This list begins: 'A Complete LIST of the Names, Crimes, and Punishments, of all the Criminals Tried at Edinburgh before the High Court of Justiciary, this week, ending 18th March, 1826.' A note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was printed in Edinburgh, 'for the Booksellers', and cost a penny.
Peter's Picture for a Bawbee
Verse 1: 'SIR Peter Curlew - we maun reason wi' you, / Ye meddle sae sair an' sae aft wi' the Frees, / And were ye review'd and as keenly pursu'd, / We'll tell you what we wad discern if ye please. / Amidst a' your cunnin' an' science in punin', / Your stock o' impudence an' columns o' lies, / We come to the sequal - ye hinna an equal / Mair greedy an gabby to gather Bawbees.' The sheet carries no publication details.
Petition of the clerks and apprentices of Writers to the Signet
This broadside begins: 'UNTO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE The Lords of Council and Session, THE PETITION OF THE CLERKS and APPRENTICES of Writers to the Signet, and Writers in Edinburgh'. The petition begins: 'Humbly Sheweth, That your Petitioners, with much regret, Take up your Lordships' time their ills to state'. It was published by W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh, and includes a woodcut illustration.
Pil to Tonny Ashton or the Play-house Puld down
This ballad begins: 'O MY Blood boiles, my Spirit's all in fire; / Passion's in pomp, nor can the Flames flly higher: / To sie my Native Countrey gone, / And English dreg lay on the fun'ral stone'. No publication details have been included on this sheet.
Pil to Tonny Ashton; or, The Play-house Puld Down
This ballad begins: 'O MY Blood boiles, my Spirit's all in fire; / Passion's in pomp, nor can the Flames flly higher: / To sie my Native Countrey gone, / And English dreg lay on the fun'ral stone'. An annotation at the bottom of the sheet suggests that this broadside was published in Edinburgh on the 10th of April, 1728. The price and publisher are not noted.
Piper John, Or Bottom's Lament
This political ballad begins: 'OLD Leith and Portobello / Had once a snivelling fellow, / All in the parliament, sir, / Their cause to represent, sir, / Whose name was Piper John.' A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune, 'Buxom Joan of Deptford'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Francis Jeffrey suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.