Friday, June 25, 2004

The Word on the Street

The Rare Books Collection at the National Library of Scotland has Provided an online resource of broadsides (broadsheets) or How Ordinary Scots in bygone days found out what was happening called The Word on the Street.
You can browse through this collection of nearly 1800 broadsheets under various subject headings here.
Read about Burke and Hare", the Irish bodysnatchers and murders, and verse dedicated to one of their victims Elegiac Lines On the Tragical Murder of Poor Daft Jamie
The pugilistic who favour blood sports may prefer to read an account of the Battle Between Simon Byrne and Deaf Burke
My favourite so far is The Life and Strange Adventures of Maragaret M'Donald the Female foot Boy
via Things Magazine

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