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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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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....

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...

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...

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 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....

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....

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 ...

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....

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...

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)...

The History of Fortunatus; American Independence

The History of Fortunatus; American Independence

Chapbook, 24 pages. The History of Fortunatus. A new edition. American Independence...

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 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 ...

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 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 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....

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...

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

Betty 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,...

Sir James The Ross and Fair Matilda

Sir James The Ross and Fair Matilda

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

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...

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...

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 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 Seaman of Plymouth

The Seaman of Plymouth

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

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)...

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...

The Belfast town and country Almanack (1813-15)

The Belfast town and country Almanack (1813-15)

Chapbook, 48 pages. The Belfast town and country Almanack (1814. 1813, 1815)...

The Glory of the Heavenly City and the Blessedness of Departed Saints; Christ's First Sermon and Christian Repentance Acts xvii. 30.31

The Glory of the Heavenly City and the Blessedness of Departed Saints; Christ's First Sermon and Christian Repentance Acts xvii. 30.31

Chapbook, 48 pages Two 24 page chapbooks stitched together.. The Glory of the Heavenly City, and the Blessedness of Departed Saints, Graciously Manife...

The Faithless Sea-Captain or the Betray'd Virgin; The Song of Rosina

The Faithless Sea-Captain or the Betray'd Virgin; The Song of Rosina

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Faithless Sea-Captain; or the Betray'd Virgin. To which are added The Song of Rosina...

The Young Man's reflections, or the Beauty of Ballymoney; The Papered up Hair; Pat of Kilkenny

The Young Man's reflections, or the Beauty of Ballymoney; The Papered up Hair; Pat of Kilkenny

Chapbook, 8 pages. A new song called The Young Man's reflections, or the Beauty of Ballymoney. Together with the Papered up Hair, and Pat of Kilkenny...

The Surprising Recovery of Dr Henry Soleby

The Surprising Recovery of Dr Henry Soleby

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Surprising Recovery of Dr Henry Soleby, Minister of the Gospel, in the Parish of St. Clement's London. Who preached a Sermon to...

The Unhappy Hunting of Chevy-Chase

The Unhappy Hunting of Chevy-Chase

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Unhappy Hunting of Chevy-Chase...

The Lover's Meeting; The Tipperary Beauty; Peace and Conquest

The Lover's Meeting; The Tipperary Beauty; Peace and Conquest

Chapbook, 8 pages. A new song called The Lover's Meeting to which are added The Tipperary Beauty, and Peace and Conquest...

(Molly) The Pride of Kilmore; The Cowan's Dream

(Molly) The Pride of Kilmore; The Cowan's Dream

Chapbook, 8 pages. (Molly) The Pride of Kilmore to which is added The Cowan's Dream...

The Middlesex Flora; The Unco Laddie; No Surrender; Lines on the Anniversary of shutting the Gates of Derry

The Middlesex Flora; The Unco Laddie; No Surrender; Lines on the Anniversary of shutting the Gates of Derry

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Middlesex Flora. Together with The Unco Laddie. No Surrender. Lines on the Anniversary of shutting the Gates of Derry....

The Chamber of Affliction

The Chamber of Affliction

Chapbook, 8 pages Published and Sold by Croiley P & Co.,Booksellers, Stationers, and binders, 106 George Street; where may be had a variety of useful ...

The Remarkable Predictions of Mr Christopher Love

The Remarkable Predictions of Mr Christopher Love

Chapbook, 24 pages. The Remarkable Predictions of Mr Christopher Love, Late Minister of the Gospel at Laurence-Jury, London. Who was beheaded on Tower...

The Factor's Garland

The Factor's Garland

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Factor's Garland in Four Parts. I. The Factor's Voyage to Turkey, and how he ransomed a young damsel who was to be kill'd. II. ...

The Bold Lieutenant; The downfall of bad Money; Beatty's Whiskey

The Bold Lieutenant; The downfall of bad Money; Beatty's Whiskey

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Bold Lieutenant. To which are added The downfall of bad Money(and Light Silper (Silver) , and Beatty's Whiskey...

Banks of the Dee; To the Greenwood gang wi'me; Women and Wine; Sweet Passion of Love; The Merry Sailor; Shannon's Flow'ry Banks

Banks of the Dee; To the Greenwood gang wi'me; Women and Wine; Sweet Passion of Love; The Merry Sailor; Shannon's Flow'ry Banks

Chapbook, 8 pages. A favourite old song called the Banks of the Dee to which are added To the Greenwood gang wi'me, Women and Wine, Sweet Passion of L...

The sorrowful Lamentation of the Mourne Fishermen; The Maid of Belfast Town; The Soldier's Harvest-home

The sorrowful Lamentation of the Mourne Fishermen; The Maid of Belfast Town; The Soldier's Harvest-home

Chapbook, 8 pages. A new song called the sorrowful Lamentation of the Mourne Fishermen. Together with the Maid of Belfast Town. And the Soldier's Harv...

The Taylor's Dream; The Yorkshire Concert; Blinking Barney; The Royal Robe

The Taylor's Dream; The Yorkshire Concert; Blinking Barney; The Royal Robe

Chapbook, 8 pages. A New Song Called The Taylor's Dream to which are Added, The Yorkshire Concert. Blinking Barney, The Royal Robe....

Blue Bonnets over the Border; The Rambling Boys of Pleasure; The Woodpecker; The Boys of Kilkenny; Easter Snow

Blue Bonnets over the Border; The Rambling Boys of Pleasure; The Woodpecker; The Boys of Kilkenny; Easter Snow

Chapbook, 8 pages. Blue Bonnets over the Border. Together with The Rambling Boys of Pleasure, The Woodpecker, The Boys of Kilkenny, Easter Snow...

Old Woman of Ratcliff-High-Way; The Story of Erskine and Freeport

Old Woman of Ratcliff-High-Way; The Story of Erskine and Freeport

Chapbook, 24 pages. The first and Second Part of the Old Woman of Ratcliff-High-Way. Who was drowned about a Fortnight ago in a Shower of Feathers and...

The Affecting History of Sally Williams afterwards called Tippling Sally

The Affecting History of Sally Williams afterwards called Tippling Sally

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Affecting History of Sally Williams afterwards called Tippling Sally. Showing how she left her Father's House to follow an Offi...

The History of Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough; William of Cloudesly

The History of Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough; William of Cloudesly

Chapbook, 23 pages. The History of Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly. Who were three Archers good enough, The best in the North ...

Toy-Shop

Toy-Shop

Chapbook, 24 pages. An Entertaining Dialogue called the Toy-Shop. Exhibiting a true picture of the Follies and Foibles of Men and Women...

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, who was born in Newgate....

The Battle of Vittoria (Field Marshal Wellington's late Victories); A Bit of the Brown; The Irish Girl

The Battle of Vittoria (Field Marshal Wellington's late Victories); A Bit of the Brown; The Irish Girl

Chapbook, 8 pages. The Battle of Vittoria (A New Song called Field Marshal Wellington's late Victories), to which are added A Bit of the Brown. And Th...

Larry O'Bloom (Rambles from Ireland to Scotland); The Black-a-Moor's retreat; The Jolly Weaver

Larry O'Bloom (Rambles from Ireland to Scotland); The Black-a-Moor's retreat; The Jolly Weaver

Chapbook, 8 pages. A new Song called Larry O'Bloom (Rambles from Ireland to Scotland), to which are added The Black-a-Moor's retreat, and The Jolly We...

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