Song about a keelman being frightened by the ghost of Jane Jemieson. Allan's Tyneside songs reveals that Jane Jemieson was a street vendor, executed on 7th March, 1829 on Newcastle's Town Moor for the murder of her mother.
The author, Robert Emery, was born in 1794 at Edinburgh but moved to Newcastle at an early age. He served his apprenticeship as a printer with the well known bookseller Angus. Author of some of the region's most celebrated songs such as the 'Sandgate pant' and 'Hydrophobie', Emery died on 28th March 1871, at the age of 77.
Similar to the cheap press of today these poorly printed books and broadsides catered for popular tastes, being sold by chapmen in the country and booksellers in the town. Usually sold for no more than a penny, the production of these little books and broadsides were extremely profitable for most printers. Sold in bulk the material required little proof-reading, was widely plagiarised, and badly printed.
Newcastle was the second largest producer of chapbooks in the country at the time of this book's publication. 'Songs of the Tyne' were a short series of chapbooks printed by, J. Ross of the Royal Arcade. This book forms no.7 of the 'Songs of the Tyne' series and was printed some time between 1847 and 1852. A number of the songs however, can be dated to the early nineteenth century, some such as 'The pitman's courtship' appearing as early as 1816. The 'Songs of the Tyne' series were reprinted by J. Walker of the Royal Arcade, sometime between 1857-66.
The book contains some of the region's best known traditional songs. From 'The beggar's wedding' to 'Callerforney', the book has offerings from well known Tyneside composers such as J. Bagnall and would have been extremely popular among the local population.