Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Charles MacKay (1814-89



Born in Perth, March 1814. He engaged in journalism, first at the Morning Chronicle, and then at the Glasgow Argus, theLondon Illustrated News, the Times and other periodicals. He also wrote poems and songs from time to time, among which “The Good Time Coming” and “Cheer Boys, Cheer!” (music by Henry Russell) were the best sellers. Most of his poems and songs are collected and published in Voices from the Crowd (1846), Ballads and Lyrics (1855), and Poetical Works of Charles Mackay (1876). He is also remembered for his Dictionary of Lowland Scotch (1888). (Y. Y.)

1.The Kelpie of Corryevreckan
2.Tubal Cain