Ritson's Bishopric Garland or Durham Minstrel 1792

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Ritson's Bishopric Garland or Durham Minstrel 1792
Author Joseph Ritson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre chapbook
Publisher Joseph Ritson
Publication date
1792
Media type Print
Pages approx 70 pages and 20 works

Bishopric Garland or Durham Minstrel, Edited and published by Joseph Ritson, is a revised and corrected edition of a book on County Durham music, published in 1792.

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Bishopric Garland or Durham Minstrel 1792 (or to give it its full title – "The Bishopric Garland or Durham Minstrel being a choice collection of excellent songs relating to the above county – Full of agreeable Variety, and pleasant Mirth. [Edited by the late John Ritson, Esq.] ---Stockton. Printed by R. Christopher . MDCCLXXXIV ---Licensed and entered according to Order. --- A New Edition, corrected. Newcastle: Printed by Hall and Elliot. MDCCXCII”) is a book of Geordie folk song consisting of approximately 70 pages with 20 works, published in 1792.

The original edition was published in 1784, this edition appeared in 1792 in a slightly corrected and expanded form, and a further reprint was published in 1809.[1]

Other books in Ritson's Garland series were The Yorkshire Garland, The Northumberland Garland, and The North-Country Chorister. A compilation of the whole series, entitled The Northern Garland was published in 1810.[2]

The “Garland” series were important, not only as important document in their own right, but as one of the main sources of similar successor publications such as John Bell's Rhymes of Northern Bards and Bruce and Stokoe's Northumbrian Minstrelsy.

A set of original documents are held in The Robinson Library of Newcastle University

The publication[edit]

The front cover of the book was as thus :-

THE
BISHOPRIC GARLANDS
OR
DURHAM MINSTREL
BEING A
CHOICE COLLECTION
OF
EXCELLENT SONGS
RELATING TO THE ABOVE COUNTY
Full of agreeable Variety, and pleasant Mirth.
[EDITED BY THE LATE
JOHN RITSON, ESQ.]
– - – - – - -
STOCKTON
PRINTED BY R. CHRISTOPHER.
MDCCLXXXIV
Licensed and entered according to Order
– - – - – - -
A NEW EDITION, CORRECTED.
NEWCASTLE:
PRINTED BY HALL AND ELLIOT.
MDCCXCII

Contents[edit]

are as below :-


title songwriter tune comments notes ref
cover Bishoprick Garland or Durham Minstrel [3]
Contents
1 Durham Garland – (The), in four parts Song I
11 Barnardcastle Tragedy – (The) Constant Anthony Song II [4]
11 The true story of the wheedling servant John Atkinson
15 Stockton's Commendation (number one) – an old song Sir John Fenwick's the flower amang them Song III
18 New Song, in praise of Stockton, for 1764 – (A) William Sutton Song IV [5]
20 Stockton's Commendation (number two) or New way of Stockton's Commendation – (The) Benjamin Pye L.L.D. Archdeacon of Durham to the old tune see Archdeacon of Durham Song V
23 Stockton's Commendation, A New song Song VI [6]
26 Hare-skin – (The) Geo. Knight, Shoemaker Have you heard of a frolicsome ditty Song VII [7]
30 Limbo Geo. Knight, Shoemaker On a time I was great, now little I'm grown Song VIII
33 Launching of the Strickland – (The) Geo. Knight, Shoemaker Robin Hood and the Tanner Song IX [8]
35 Hark to Winchester A new song called) or The Yorkshire Volunteer's farewell to the good folks of Stockton Push about the Jorum Song X [9]
35 note of Herbert Stockhore Herbert Stockhore, the pretend author
39 Sedgefield Frolic – (The) Song XI [10]
43 Pleasures of Sunderland – (The) Song XII [11]
45 Frolicsome olds Women of Sunderland – (The), or the disappointed young maidens They'll marry, tho' threescore and ten Song XIII [12]
47 New Song made on Alice Marley – (A) an alewife at ******, near Chester Song IV (numbered incorrectly) [13]
47 She had been called Elsie in the original edition Alice Marley (meaning Picktree, Chester-le-Street)
49 New Song in praise of the Durham Militia – (A) The Lillies of France Song XV [14]
52 Lass of Cockerton – (The) Low down in the Broom Song XVI
54 Rookhope Ryde A Durham border song, composed 1569 – this song not in the 1st edition Song XVII [15]
54 comment on Rookhope Burn
54 Northumberland betrayed by Douglas a ballad
55 comment on Thirwall or Thirlitwall, near Bewcastle-dale
56 Dinner time usually 11:00 in those days short comment
57 comment on The two earls of Northumberland and Westmoreland
58 this continued The two earls and the battle of 1570
58 some dialect short comment
58 date of St Nicholas' day short comment
59 comment on Eastgate
59 comment on Dry-Rig, Smale-Burns or Hanging-Well
59 the warrior's clothing short comment
61 a missing line short comment
64 Lamentation on the death of Sir Robert de Nevill, Lord of Raby, in 1282 this song not in the 1st edition Song XVIII
64 comment on Robert de Nevill
64 FINIS

See also[edit]

Geordie dialect words
Joseph Ritson
Ritson's Northern Garlands 1810
Ritson's Yorkshire Garland 1809
Ritson's Northumberland Garland or Newcastle Nightingale 1809
Ritson's North-Country Chorister 1809

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