Cogie o' Yill, A

DESCRIPTION: "A cogie o' yill (ale), and a pickle ait meal, And a daintie wee drappie o' whiskey Was our forefathers' dose...." The singer praises the martial exploits of the Scots, and their diet, concluding, "Then hey for the whisky, and hey for the meal...."
AUTHOR: Andrew Sheriffs; tune by Robert Macintosh (d.1807) (source: Johnson-Stenhouse)
EARLIEST DATE: 1797 (according to Johnson-Stenhouse)
KEYWORDS: drink food patriotic Scotland nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig #144, p. 1, "A Cogie o' Yill" (1 text)
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 329-330, "A Cogie o' Yill" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Song, pp. 262-263, "A Cogie o' Yill" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, William Stenhouse, editor, The Scotish Musical Museum (Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1839 (Reissue of 1803 edition) (("Digitized by Internet Archive"), Vol. VI, #545, p 564 Illustrations p. 479, "A Cogie of Ale and a Pickle Ait-Meal" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #6316
NOTES [110 words]: For a clearly related song -- one must be a derivative of the other -- see Broadside Bodleian, 2806 c.11(81), "The Scottish Coggie o' Brose" ("When our auld scottish lads, wi' their claymores an' plaids"), unknown, no date. For this broadside, for example, the chorus is "Then hey for the coggie, and hey for the ale, And hey for the whisky, and hey for the meal; When mix'd a' thegither they do unco weel To mak' a chiel cheery and brisk aye."; the chorus from Whitelaw-Song is "Then hey for the whiskey, and hey for the meal, And hey for the cogie, and hey for the yill, Gin ye steer a' thegither they'll do unco weel, To keep a chiel cheery and brisk aye." - BS
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