Welcome to the Curio Cabinet


Researching ballads, particularly those collected, written and stolen around the turn of the 18th / 19th centuries, one picks up a great deal of interesting and curious matter by-the-by. Particularly if men such as Walter Scott have anything to do with it…

We’ve decided to make a virtual space where such material may come to light.

Pull up a clawed chair, have your manservant pour the claret, and open the door…



  1. This Messages intrigues me – I shall draw open the Cabinet with the creaky hinges by this flick’ring Candlelight and see if I can discern some Curio which shall arrest my attention…….

  2. Perhaps in this Curio Cabinet there is to be found a stuffed visitor from the New World, similar to the one brought over the Atlantic ocean long ago to the court of the Tudor Henry VIII. Apparently His Majesty enjoyed the Parrot – but baked.

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