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The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

A Scottish Broadside Ballad
A scottish broadside ballad

ALTHOUGH the verses of this ballad make no overt reference to Scotland or a Scottish identity, a wood-cut of a soldier in Highland dress sits at the top of the broadside.1 The nineteenth century witnessed a re-invention and appropriation of the romance of the Highland by the British, and it has been argued that the Scottish identity has long tended to provide a radical edge to the British consciousness.2 Yet, it easy to over emphasise the importance of national identities in this case, and ballads in circulation were reprinted and edited by different printers in different parts of Britain.3 Woodcuts were an easy way of making an otherwise open-ended ballad, market-specific and therefore enhancing its appeal. The ...

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