Put Me in the Meal Chest


This tune has been heard on bagpipes as “Put Me in the Great Chest” as early as 1840, with a suggestion that it is about someone who has reached the end of their days and is ready to be buried. But it also appears in other collections as “Put Me in the Meal Chest.” “Meal” could be a mangling of the Gaelic “Mhoir,” meaning “big” or “grand.” Either that, or the title is indeed someone expressing ultimate fondness for whisky with a wish to be buried in barley meal.

View the score for “Put Me in the Meal Chest.”

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Whisky Tunes is the first online, bagpipe music tune book presented in a serial format. Tunes are collected and arranged by Vince Janoski. Vince is the former editor and publisher of The Voice, the magazine of the EUSPBA and publisher and writer for Pipehacker.com.