Allan Masterson d1799
Composer of Music & Writing Master
Allan Masterton was the writing Master in Stevenlaw's Close in the High Street, he was a composer of music, and in a letter to Captain Riddell, dated 16th October 1789, Burns described Masterton as 'one of the worthiest men in the world, and a man of real genius'. William Nicol introduced him to Burns. They visited Nicol in the autumn of 1789 at lodgings he had taken near Moffat. The jollification resulted in that splendid drinking song, 'Willie brew'd a peck o' maut', for which Masterton wrote the music. The song appeared in the Scots Musical Museum, 1790. He also wrote the music for several other Burns songs, including the airs for 'Strathallan's Lament', 'The Braes o' Ballochmyle', 'the Bonnie Birks o' ayr', 'On hearing a Young Lady Sing', and 'Ye gallants bright, I rede ye right', the last of which Burns wrote for Masterton's daughter, Ann.
O Willie brew'd a peck o' maut,
And Rob and Allan cam to see'