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Cleland Chapbooks

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Cleland Chapbooks

This collection of printed chapbooks dates from the end of the eighteenth and early years of the nineteenth century. They are a reliably transcribed record of the words of a vast range of songs that were composed and sung locally in the Ulster countryside in the generation prior to the Great Famine of 1845-49. As far as is known, they are a uniquely comprehensive and locally printed collection of songs from a largely oral culture that has long disappeared.

They have been researched most recently by Dr John Moulden, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland at Galway, who has made an extensive study of the lyrics contained in these chapbooks.

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Youth and Bloom; Its Game you are Making; The Beautiful Bloom; Dewy Morning

Youth and Bloom; Its Game you are Making; The Beautiful Bloom; Dewy Morning

Chapbook, 8 pages. Youth and Bloom (Tune Cathrine Ogie) to which are added The Beautiful Bloom, and Dewy Morning (also Its Game you are Making)...

Sprig of Shillelagh and Shamrog so Green; Dear Mary to thee; Burn's Farewell; The Banks of Ayr; My Friend and Pitcher

Sprig of Shillelagh and Shamrog so Green; Dear Mary to thee; Burn's Farewell; The Banks of Ayr; My Friend and Pitcher

Chapbook, 8 pages . Sprig of Shillelagh and Shamrog so Green, to which are added Dear Mary to thee, Burn's Farewell, The Banks of Ayr, & My Friend and...

The Two Constant Lovers; The Greenwich Pensioner

The Two Constant Lovers; The Greenwich Pensioner

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Two Constant Lovers who died on the road, to which is added The Greenwich Pensioner...

The Seaman of Plymouth

The Seaman of Plymouth

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Seaman of Plymouth in Four Parts (Tune The Royal Forrester)...

Tullymore's Fair Queen; The Cuckoo's Nest; Molly O

Tullymore's Fair Queen; The Cuckoo's Nest; Molly O

Chapbook, 8 pages. A Compleat new Song called Tullymore's Fair Queen. To Which are added, The Cuckoo's Nest, and Molly O....

Douglas, A Tragedy

Douglas, A Tragedy

Chapbook, 54 pages. An address from David Hume, Esq. Author of the History of Great Britian Etc. to the Rev. Mr Hume, Author of Douglas, A Tragedy. (E...

Wellington's Victory; The Support of the Nation; Bold O'Neill; A Divine Poem

Wellington's Victory; The Support of the Nation; Bold O'Neill; A Divine Poem

Chapbook, 8 pages. A New Song Called Wellington's Victory. To which are added The Support of the Nation, Bold O'Neil. and A Divine Poem....

The Brave Irish Boy; The Sailor dear; The Tandragee Race

The Brave Irish Boy; The Sailor dear; The Tandragee Race

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Brave Irish Boy (The Bonny Irish Boy). Together with The Sailor dear, and The Tandragee Race....

Douglas, A Tragedy

Douglas, A Tragedy

Chapbook, 16 pages. Douglas, A Tragedy as it is acted at the Theatres in Great Britain (Prologue spoken by Mr. Sparks)...

The Tragical Garland of Jemmy and Nancy

The Tragical Garland of Jemmy and Nancy

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Tragical Garland of Jemmy and Nancy...

The Art of Courtship or The School of Delight

The Art of Courtship or The School of Delight

Chapbook, 24 pages. The Art of Courtship; or, The School of Delight....

Pizarro, a tragedy

Pizarro, a tragedy

Chapbook, 66 pages From Act 5 Scene 4 onwards missing from book. Pizarro; a tragedy, in five acts; As performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. Ta...

General Wolfe; Wolfe's Farewell; Tho Bacchus may boast; The Bottle; Roslin Castle; The bud of the Rose

General Wolfe; Wolfe's Farewell; Tho Bacchus may boast; The Bottle; Roslin Castle; The bud of the Rose

Chapbook, 8 pages. A new song called General Wolfe. To which are added Wolfe's Farewell, Tho Bacchus may boast, The Bottle, Roslin Castle, The bud of ...

Bessy of Dromore; Bacchus's Calendar; The Dollar Boy

Bessy of Dromore; Bacchus's Calendar; The Dollar Boy

Chapbook, 8 pages. Betty of Dromore, Tune - Medley on the cause., Bacchus's Calendar, The Dollar Boy,...

Roving Jack the Baker; A New Orange Song; The Banks of Claudy

Roving Jack the Baker; A New Orange Song; The Banks of Claudy

Chapbook, 8 pages. Roving Jack the Baker, (Air- Merrily dance the Quaker) together with A New Orange Song, (Air- Nelson's Glory) and The Banks of Clau...

The Sea, The Sea; Tho' You Leave Me Now in Sorrow; The Last Shilling; Irish Mary; The Marseillois Hyme

The Sea, The Sea; Tho' You Leave Me Now in Sorrow; The Last Shilling; Irish Mary; The Marseillois Hyme

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Sea, The Sea, to which is added The Marseillois Hyme, Tho' You Leave Me Now in Sorrow, The Last Shilling, Irish Mary)...

Solomon's Temple; My Own Song or Hall's Fancy

Solomon's Temple; My Own Song or Hall's Fancy

Chapbook, 8 pages. Solomon's Temple to which is added My Own Song, or Hall's Fancy. Tune - Dear Creatures, etc. My Own Song written and sung by Robert...

The Dandies of Deception; James Conroy; Bridge-Street Scold; Highland Mary

The Dandies of Deception; James Conroy; Bridge-Street Scold; Highland Mary

Chapbook, 4 pages with P3-6 missing from book. The Dandies of Deception, together with James Conroy, Bridge-Street Scold, Highland Mary...

Douglas, A Tragedy

Douglas, A Tragedy

Chapbook, 16 pages. Douglas, A Tragedy as it is acted at the Theatres in Great Britain (Prologue spoken by Mr. Sparks)...

The Brown Girl; The Banks of Clady (Claudy)

The Brown Girl; The Banks of Clady (Claudy)

Chapbook, 8 pages. A new Song called The Brown Girl to which is added The Banks of Clady (Claudy)....

The Answer to The Boughleen Down; Birmingham Fair; The Maid of Belfast Town

The Answer to The Boughleen Down; Birmingham Fair; The Maid of Belfast Town

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Answer to The Boughleen Down, Birmingham Fair, and The Maid of Belfast Town....

Arthur McBride; The Battle of Trafalgar; Barbara Bell

Arthur McBride; The Battle of Trafalgar; Barbara Bell

Chapbook, 8 pages. Arthur McBride. To which are added The Battle of Trafalgar, and Barbara Bell. James Cleland's name and address on last page...

Sir James The Ross and Fair Matilda

Sir James The Ross and Fair Matilda

Chapbook, 8 pages. Sir James The Ross, and Fair Matilda...

The Beaux of Fermanagh (and the Bells of Tyrone); Johnnie and Peggy; Good News for Ireland; The Epitaph

The Beaux of Fermanagh (and the Bells of Tyrone); Johnnie and Peggy; Good News for Ireland; The Epitaph

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Beaux of Fermanagh (and the Bells of Tyrone), to which are added Johnnie and Peggy, Good News for Ireland and The Epitaph,...

The Astrological Interpretations of Dreams

The Astrological Interpretations of Dreams

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Astrological Interpretations of Dreams, With a short but concise Account of the Five different sorts of Dreams that Mankind in ...

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