Alasdair of the Stoups


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 Elizabeth Jane Ross (b.1789) lived on Raasay for most of her life and her manuscript is the earliest known unpublished collection of Scottish airs and songs.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.”

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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.