The Valley Below. Larry O'Gaff. Paisley: Printed by and for G. Caldwell, Jun., Bookseller, 69, High Street. n.d. (c.1825). Single sheet folded to 8 pages. Uncut and Unopened. Woodcut device on titlepage. In good condition. This early 19th century chapbook contains three songs: 'Effects of Whiskey' (36 lines): "Whisky Secrets Nere Can Keep,
Whisky is a Friend of Sleep, Whisky Makes a Grey Hair'd Youth. 'The Beauty of the Valley Below' (50 lines) a romantic panegyric. 'Larry O'Gaff' (57 lines). A Humourous Narrative, Opening with the line "Near a Bog in Sweet Ireland I'm Told Sure that Born I Was." It would appear that this Chapbook was produced for the large population of Irish Migrants who settled in the Scottish town of Paisley, in the 1820's, to work in the Shawl Weaving and Cotton Spinning Industry.
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