Music & song

Broadsides from the Crawford Collection

Explore more than 2,000 broadsides printed between 1501 and 1897 covering a wide range of subjects

Ceòl nan Gàidheal

A dual Gaelic / English overview of historic sources, song, instruments and the Living Tradition of Gaelic music

Chapbooks printed in Scotland

Small cheap booklets sold on Scotland's streets were essential reading material for the masses in the 18th and 19th centuries

English ballads

Browse over 2,300 broadside ballads, mostly from 19th-century England, with subjects ranging from courtship, occupations and emigration to patriotism and wars

Rare items in Gaelic

Books, pamphlets and chapbooks printed in Gaelic between 1631 and 1900. Includes songs, poetry and religious books

Robert Burns

The life, work and legacy of Scotland's Bard, together with fascinating detail about original material in the Library's collections, and short song clips

Special collections of printed music

Volumes from two archives featuring 18th and 19th century Scottish printed music, and from one archive of the works of Verdi

Street literature about Napoleon's Wars

Chapbooks about events from the 1790s to the Battle of Waterloo, mostly ballads about military conflicts with Napoleon Bonaparte

The word on the street

Discover early news stories and ballads that informed and entertained Scots between 1650 and 1910 as you browse around 1,800 broadsides

Wee Windaes

This site charts the continuum of the Scots language in printed form, from the 15th century to the present day