Ritson's Northumberland Garland or Newcastle Nightingale 1809
|Language||English (Geordie dialect)|
|Pages||96 pages and 16 works|
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Ritson's Northumberland Garland or Newcastle Nightingale 1809 (or to give its full title – "The Northumberland Garland; or Newcastle Nightingale: A matchless collection of famous songs [As originally edited by the late John Ritson, Esq.] ----Old Tyne shall listen to my tale, and echo, down the bordering vale, The liquid melody prolong. Akenside ---- Newcastle ---- MDCCXCIII Printed by and for Hall and Elliot. Licensed and entered according to Order ---- London: Reprinted for Robert Triphook, 37, St. Jame's Street, by Harding and Wright, St John's Square ---- 1809”) is a book of Geordie folk song consisting of approximately 96 pages with 16 works, first published in 1793 and reprinted (this version) in 1809.
Other books in Ritson's Garland series were Bishopric Garland, The Yorkshire Garland, and The North-Country Chorister. A compilation of the whole series, entitled The Northern Garland was published in 1810.
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 front cover of the book was as thus :-
[AS ORIGINALLY EDITED
BY THE LATE JOHN RITSON, ESQ.]
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OLD TYNE SHALL LISTEN TO MY TALE,
AND ECHO, DOWN THE BORDERING VALE,
THE LIQUID MELODY PROLONG. AKENSIDE
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PRINTED BY AND FOR HALLL AND ELLIOT.
Licensed and entered according to Order
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REPRINTED FOR ROBERT TRIPHOOK, 37, ST. JAME'S STREET.
By Harding and Wright, St. John's-square.
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are as below :-
|cover||The Northumberland Garland or Newcastle Nightingale – headed page|||
|1||Battle of Otterburn – (The)||from an old MSS||battle fought 9 Aug 1388||Song I|
|7||Fytte – (A)|
|15||Hunting of the Cheviot – (The)||above 300 years old – spelt "Cheviot" in Bell's Rhymes of Northern Bards||Song II|
|19||Fit – The Second|
|27||Hunting in Chevy-Chase – (The)||Song III|||
|38||Fair Mabel of Wallington||Song II (incorrect song number)|
|43||Lamentable Ditty on the death of worth George Stoole – (A)||A delicate Scottish Tune||Song V|||
|43||comment on||George Stoole|
|48||Ecky's Mare (An excellent ballad of the sickness, death and burial of)||Bernard Rumney of Rothbury||Song VI|
|48||comment on||Bernard Rumney of Rothbury|
|55||Mitford Galloway's Ramble – (The)||Thomas Whittel or more usual, Whittle||Ranting roaring Willie||actually spelt "Midford"||Song VII|||
|63||Insipids – (The) or The Mistress with her multitude of Man Servants||Thomas Whittel or more usual, Whittle||Song VIII|
|68||Sawney Ogilby's Duel with his Wife||Thomas Whittel or more usual, Whittle||The Worst's past||Song IX|||
|71||Felton Garland – (The)||Maggy Lawther – Bell's give this as "Maggy Lauder"||Song X|||
|71||comment on||The brickmaker Pet*r and his bride Jen*y Gow*n|
|74||part II riding off in debt|
|78||Laidley Worm (The) (of Spindleston Heugh)||Duncan Frasier ca1270||(this version by Robert Lamb, Vicar of Norham)||Song XI|||
|85||On the First Rebellion – 1715||Song XII|||
|88||Collier's Rant (The)||Song XIII|||
|90||(Weel May) The Keel Row||Traditional – before 1760||Song XIV|||
|91||Bonny Keel Laddie – (The)||The Bonny Pit Laddie||Tune-BS||Song XV|||
|92||Newcastle Beer||John Cunningham||Song XVI|
Tune-BS -The tune is not given in the book – but it has been added as attributed in Northumbrian Minstrelsy by Bruce and Stokoe, 1882
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. pp. volume 48–page 329.
- "Farne archives – The Northumberland Garland or Newcastle Nightingale – headed page".
- "Farne archives – Hunting in Chevy-Chase – (The)".
- "Farne archives – Lamentable Ditty on the death of worth George Stoole – (A)".
- "Farne archives – Mitford Galloway's Ramble – (The)".
- "Farne archives – Sawney Ogilby's Duel with his Wife".
- "Farne archives – Felton Garland – (The)".
- "Farne archives – Laidley Worm (The) (of Spindleston Heugh)".
- "Farne archives – On the First Rebellion – 1715".
- "Farne archives – Collier's Rant (The)".
- "Farne archives – (Weel May) The Keel Row".
- "Farne archives – Bonny Keel Laddie – (The)".