'Course Bibliography for 6MPW Broadside Ballads: Print and Popular Culture in 19th and 20th Century Scotland',
University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus'.

To make this section a little more user friendly it has been split up into three sections; Bibliography, Discography and Links.




Philip V Bohlman, The study of folk music in the modern world (Bloomington : Indiana University Press), c1988

*David Buchan, The Ballad and the Folk (East Linton: Tuckwell Press), 1997.

*Edward J.Cowan, The Ballad in Scottish History (East Linton: Tuckwell Press), 2000.

Dianne Dugaw, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry 1650-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 1989.

William Donaldson, Popular literature in Victorian Scotland: language, fiction and the press (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press), 1986.

Hamish Henderson, The Muckle Sangs CD; booklet (Cockenzie, East Lothian: Greentrax), 1992.

William Nicholson, The Collected Poems of William Nicholson, "The Bard of Galloway" ed John Hudson, (Wigtown: G.C.), 1999

Leslie Shepard, The Broadside Ballad: a study in origins and meaning (London: Jenkins), 1962.

Claude M. Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music (New Brunswick: Rutgers), 1966.

*Jan Vansina, Oral Tradition as History, (Madison Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985)


Flemming G. Anderson, Commonplace and creativity (Odense: Odense University Press, 1985).

Bertrand Bronson, The ballad as song (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1969).

Francis James Child, English and Scottish popular ballads. Many editions.

Mary Anne Constantine, ed, Breton Ballads (Aberystwyth : CMCS Publications), 1996.

Thomas Crawford, ed, Love, labour and liberty: the eighteenth century Scottish lyric, (Cheadle: Carcanet Press, 1976)

_____, Society and the Lyric: a study of the song culture of eighteenth century Scotland, (Edinburgh: Scottish Academic
Press, 1984)

Tristram P. Coffin, The British traditional ballad in North America (Philadelphia: American Folklore Society,

Francis Collinson, The traditional and national music of Scotland (London: Routledge, 1966).

Sheila Douglas, The Sang’s the thing: voices from lowland Scotland, (Edinburgh: Polygon, 1995)

Dianne Dugaw, ed, The Anglo-American ballad : a folklore casebook, (New York ; London : Garland, 1995).

Gordon Hall Gerould, The Ballad of Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon, 1932).

Pauline Greenhill, True Poetry: Traditional and Popular Verse in Ontario (Montreal: McGill-Queens University
Press, 1989).

M.J.C. Hodgart, The Ballads (London: Hutchinson, 1950).

Malcolm Laws, American Balladry from British Broadsides (Philadelphia, 1957).

MacEdward Leach, The Ballad Book (New York: Harper, 1955)

_____, and Tristram P. Coffin, eds, The critics and the ballad: readings 1961.

Tom Leonard, ed, Radical Renfrew: poetry from the French Revolution to the First World War by poets born, or sometime
resident in, the county of Renfrewshire, (Edinburgh: Polygon, 1990).

John A Lomax, and Alan Lomax, American ballads and folk songs (New York: Dover), 1994.

William B. McCarthy, The ballad matrix : personality, milieu, and the oral tradition. (Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1990).

Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor. Several editions available.

Ailie Munro, The Democratic Muse: Folk Music Revival in Scotland (Aberdeen: Scottish Cultural Press, 1996).

James Porter, ed. The Ballad Image (Los Angeles: University of California, 1983).

_____, Jeannie Robertson: emergent singer, transformative voice, (East Linton: Tuckwell, 1999)

W. Edson Richmond, Ballad Scholarship (New York: Garland, 1989).

Walter. H. Rubsamen, Scottish Ballad Operas, 3 Vols, (New York: Garland Publishing, 1974)  

Deborah A. Symonds, Weep Not for Me: Women, Ballads & Infanticide in early modern Scotland
(University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press), c1997

Barre Toelken, Morning Dew and Roses: nuance, metaphor and meaning in folksongs
(Urbana : University of Illinois Press), c1995

COLLECTIONS (consult these for parallel examples of our broadsides)

Anon, John Cheap, The chapman’s library: the Scottish chapbook literature of the last century classified: with life of Dougal
Graham: comic and humorous, (Glasgow: R. Lindsay, 1877-8)

Robert Cromek, Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song (London: Cadell and Davies, 1810).

Allan Cunningham, The Songs of Scotland, 4 vols (London: J. Taylor, 1825).

Peter Freshwater, Sons of Scotia, raise your voice : early 19th-century Scottish broadsides from a collection
in Edinburgh University Library (Edinburgh : Friends of Edinburgh University Library, 1991).

Malcolm McLachlan Harper, The Bards of Galloway: a collection of poems, songs, ballads, etc. : by natives of Galloway,
(Dalbeattie: 1889)

Edmund Goldsmid, ed, A ballad book: or, popular and romantic ballads current in Annandale and other parts of
Scotland; collected by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe; reprinted from the rare original edition of 1824,
(Edinburgh: private print, 1891).

Mrs. Robert Jardine, ed, The Chapbook of the Rottenrow, (Glasgow: William Hodge, 1913).

James Johnson, The Scots musical museum, (Hatboro, Penn: Folklore Associates, 1962).

James Maidment, Scottish Ballads and Songs (Edinburgh: T.G. Stevenson, 1859)

William Motherwell, Minstrelsy ancient and modern (Glasgow, 1827); new ed 1873.

Patrick Shuldham Shaw and Emily Lyle, The Greig-Duncan folk song collection, vol 1-
(Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1981- ).


Thomas Crawford, ‘Lowland song and popular tradition in the eighteenth century’, The History of Scottish
Literature volume 2: 1660-1800, ed Andrew Hook (Aberdeen: AUP, 1987), pp.123-41.

Leith Davis, 'Citing the nation : Thomas Percy's and Walter Scott's minstrel ballads', Acts of union. Stanford,
CA, 1998. pp.144-167

Alexander Fenton, "The People Below: Dougal Graham's Chapbooks as a Mirror of the Lower Classes in
Eighteenth-Century Scotland." In Alisoun Gardner-Medwin and Janet Hadley Williams, eds. A Day Estival.
Aberdeen:Aberdeen University Press, 1990. pp.69-80.

R. S. Ferguson, "Chapbooks in the Library of the Society of Antiquaries." Proceedings of the Society of
Antiquaries. 2.15 (1894).

Alisoun Gardner-Medwin, 'Views of king and people in sixteenth and seventeenth century ballads', in Bryght
lanternis, edited by J. Derrick McClure and Michael R. G. Spiller. Aberdeen, 1989, p.24-32.

Roger Leitch, ‘ “Here chapman billies tak their stand”: a pilot study of Scottish chapmen, packmen and
peddlars’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 120 (1990), pp. 173-88.

William B. McCarthy, 'The polarization of Scots society and ballad collecting in the early nineteenth
century', Lore & Language, v.12, 1994, p.129-46.

_____, 'William Motherwell as field collector', Folk Music Journal., v.5, no.3, 1987, p.295-31

Adam McNaughtan,. "A Century of Saltmarket Literature, 1790-1890." In Peter Isaac, ed. Six Centuries of the
Provincial Booktrade in Britain. Winchester: St. Paul's, 1990, 165-180.

John Morris, 'A bothy ballad and its chapbook source', The reach of print : making, selling and using books, edited
by Peter Isaac and Barry McKay. (Winchester : Oak Knoll, 1998), p.85-102.

_____, "Scottish Ballads and Chapbooks." In Peter Isaac and Barry McKay, eds. Images and Texts: Their
Production and Distribution in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliobgraphies; New Castle,
DE: Oak Knoll, 1997. 89-111.

_____, The Scottish Fair as seen in eighteenth and nineteenth century sources’, Scottish Studies, 33 (1999),

Peter Morris, ‘A bothy ballad and its chapbook source’, in Peter Isaac and Barry McKay (eds), The Reach of
print: making, selling and using books, (Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1998)

Breandan, Omadagain, 'Functions of Irish song in....', Bealoideas, 1985, vol 53, PP130-216

Thomas Pettitt, "Worn by the friction of time" : oral tradition and the generation of the balladic narrative
mode, in Contexts of pre-novel narrative, edited by Roy Eriksen. Berlin ; New York, 1994. p.341-372

James Porter. (Ballad-)singing and transformativity, Arv, v.48, 1992, p.165-180.

Sigrid Rieuwerts, 'Allan Ramsay and the Scottish ballads',: Aberdeen University Review, vol.LVIII, 1, no.201,
Spring 1999, p.29-41

James Ross, ‘Folk song and social environment’, in Scottish Studies, n. 5 (1961), pp. 18-39

G. Ross Roy, "The Brash and Reid Editions of 'Tam o' Shanter.'" Burns Chronicle 98 (1989): 38-44.

_____, "Robert Burns and the Brash and Reid Chapbooks of Glasgow." In Joachim Schwend, Suzanne
Hagemann, and Hermann Valkel, eds. Literatur im Kontext [Literature in Context]. Frankfurt am Main: Peter
Lang, 1992. 53-67.

_____, "Some Notes on Scottish Chapbooks." Scottish Literary Journal 1 (1974): 50-60.

Robert Smith, "Poets and Peddlars." The Leopard 150 July 1990): 18-19.

Barre Toelken, ' Metaphorical ambiguity and narrative meaning in the English-Scottish popular ballad', in
Arv, v.45, 1989, p.125-137)


Eric Bogle, The emigrant & the exile, (Edinburgh, Scotland : Greentrax), 1996

Aileen Carr. Green Yarrow. Cockenzie, East Lothian: Greentrax. 2000. CD TRAX 173.

Heather Heywood, By yon castle wa', (Scotland : Greentrax Recordings, [199-?])

Adam McNaughtan, The Glasgow that I used to know, (Edinburgh : Greentrax), c1988

_____, Last stand at Mount Florida, (Cockenzie, East Lothian : Greentrax), c1996

Gordon Mooney, O'er the Border:: music of the Scottish Borders played on the cauld wind pipes
(Shillinghill, Temple, Midlothian : Temple Records), 1989

Jock Tamson's Bairns. May You Never Lack a Scone. Cockenzie, East Lothian: Greentrax. 2001. CD TRAX

McCalmans, The Ettrick shepherd, (Edinburgh : Greentrax), c1991

Iain MacKintosh, Gentle persuasion (Scotland : Greentrax Recordings, [199-?])

Sangsters. Sharp and Sweet. (Cockenzie, East Lothian: Greentrax), 2000. CD TRAX 207.

Isla St Clair, Tatties & herrin' : the sea, (Cockenzie, East Lothian : Greentrax), c1997

Willie Scott, The shepherd's song : Border ballads, (Cockenzie, East Lothian : Greentrax, c1998.

Wolfstone Wolfstone II (Ardross : Recorded by David Foster at Rowan Recording Studio, [199-?)


Students should consult in particular:

Northern Folk

GUL Special Collections Chapbooks

University of South Carolina Scottish Chapbooks Project

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads

Exhibit of Broadsides from Swem Library

Ballads and Broadsides

Bruce Olson's Website

Sixteenth Century Ballads

Digital Tradition Website (Research Aid, includes facility for searching for songs)

In addition, please look at:

International Ballad Commission

The Traditional Ballad Index

Scottish Music Information Centre

The Statistical Account of Scotland

English Folk and Traditional Music on the Internet

Archive of material relating to Gavin Greig and Bothy songs:

Archon (information gateway to UK manuscript archives):

North East Folklore Archive:

Pearl (School of Scottish Studies):

Sabhal Mór Ostaig:

SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network):

Dr Valentina Bold
University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1387 702021 Fax: + 44 (0)1387 253257
e-mail: v.bold@crichton.gla.ac.uk
Webpage: http://www.cc.gla.ac.uk/staff/bold.htm
James Hogg website: http://www.cc.gla.ac.uk/hogg.htm