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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Grave O' Rabbie Burns Original and Correct Version'

Introduction:
This ballad begins: 'There wis a laud was born in Kyle, / In winter cauld an' drear, / An' tho' that he is fair awa', / His memory's ever dear.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
Image Rights Holder:
National Library of Scotland
Ref:
14915
Project:
749:Popular Print in Scotland, 1650-1850
Material:
Broadside
Dimensions:
78 x 234mm
Subject:
Early ballads were dramatic or humorous narrative songs derived from folk culture that predated printing. Originally perpetuated by word of mouth, many ballads survive because they were recorded on broadsides. Musical notation was rarely printed, as tunes were usually established favourites. The term 'ballad' eventually applied more broadly to any kind of topical or popular verse.
Who:
Alex Melville (writer of ballad)
Robert Burns (subject)
National Library of Scotland (keeper of collection)
When:
After 1796 (date of publication)
Where:
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Background:
Early ballads were dramatic or humorous narrative songs derived from folk culture that predated printing. Originally perpetuated by word of mouth, many ballads survive because they were recorded on broadsides. Musical notation was rarely printed, as tunes were usually established favourites. The term 'ballad' eventually applied more broadly to any kind of topical or popular verse.
Description:
Employing the natural imagery that Burns himself used in his Romantic poems, this threnody is dedicated to the immortal memory of Scotland's national bard, who died in 1796. In effect, this ballad is a literary form of the 'immortal memory', as proclaimed on the 25th of January by Burns' societies the world over. A festival in the poet's honour was held at Alloway in 1844, and the ballad might well have been written specially to celebrate this event. Many broadside ballads dedicated to the memory of Robert Burns are held in the National Library of Scotland's collection.