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Title : Local militia-man.

Format : chapbook ; song

Composer : unknown

Production details : publisher : J. Marshall
Old Flesh Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Date : 1814 (circa)

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Collection name : Newcastle songster; being a choice collection of songs, descriptive of the language and manners of the common people of Newcastle upon Tyne and the neighbourhood. Part III.


Song about the volunteer force's movements under the 'Cornell'. Contains references to the militia at Throckley and Newburn.

The Militia was originally a force intended for home defence and was much older than the regular army. Men were both enlisted and volunteered into the Militia. Men could be selected by local ballot, and if chosen were obliged to serve in the regiment. However, most of the Militia came from the dregs of society. The most common reason for enlisting was unemployment and the soldiers were renowned for their drinking. The Militia were called on a number of occasions in Newcastle, usually during strikes or protest meetings.

Newcastle was the second largest producer of chapbooks in the country at the time of this book's publication. 'The Newcastle Songster' was printed by J. Marshall, one of the most prominent chapbook printers in Newcastle during the early nineteenth century. This book forms part III of the 'Songster' series and is perhaps easier to date than parts I and II. Although it is not clear whether preceding parts of the 'Songster' were published before or after John Bell's 'Rhymes of the Northern Bards, 1812, the appearance of songs such as 'XYZ' in part III indicate the publication date to be no earlier than 1814.

The book contains some of the region's best known traditional songs. From 'The Skipper's Wedding' to 'Newcastle Fair', the book has offerings from well known Tyneside composers such as John Selkirk and would have been extremely popular among the local population.


Collection description : Popular Tyneside songs published in chapbook form.

Melody used : Madame Fig'g Gala

First line:How! Marrows, I'se tip tip you a sang

Subject heading : war/armed forces

Keywords : soldiers & Militia & training

Period : 1801-1840

Place : Throckley , Tyne and Wear ,Newburn , Tyne and Wear ; Vegetable Market , Newcastle upon Tyne

Height : 14 cm

Width : 8 cm

Held by : Newcastle University

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Newcastle University


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