Barley that has been malted and ground into meal was stored in chests to keep it from animals and the elements. Barley meal would have been used for baking and cooking, brewing ale, and making whisky. It was one of the things in the ancient Highlands that was used as a form of currency for trading and exchange, as well as payment of rents and duties. A family could draw on it easily from a large chest and it is easy to imagine that the size of your chest, or the number of them in your croft, was a sign of health and prosperity.
View the score for “The Meal Chest.“