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National Library of Scotland

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The National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is home to thousands of broadside ballads, including those in the Crawford Collection, the Rosebery Collection, and 76 miscellaneous ballads elsewhere in the NLS.

Dr. Brian Hillyard, Emeritus Rare Books Collections Manager, has provided informative introductory essays to each collection within the NLS, which can be accessed by clicking the links above.

Finally, see the essay by former EBBA Music Specialist Caroline Bennet on the particular challenges of recording Rosebery tunes.