This is a very old Gaelic song from the Elizabeth Ross manuscript of 1812. Elizabeth Jane Ross (b.1789) lived on Raasay for most of her life and her manuscript is the earliest known unpublished collection of Scottish airs and songs. The song “Alasdair of the Stoups” speaks of a man’s high regard for his carefree, Glaswegian friend who is also a big drinker. Alasdair disdains the “gill,” which is a small, quarter-pint cup and prefers something larger. “Stoup” is an old Scots word for large drinking vessel.
View the score for “Alasdair of the Stoups.”