Disambiguation: a "mutchkin" can also refer a close-fitting Scottish cap.

The mutchkin (Scottish Gaelic: mùisgein) was a Scottish unit of liquid volume measurement that was in use from at least 1661 (and possibly as early as the 15th century) until the late 19th century, approximately equivalent to 424 mL, or roughly 34 imperial pint. The word was derived from mutse – a mid 15th-century Dutch measure of beer or wine.[1]

  • A mutchkin could be subdivided into four Scottish gills (of approximately 106 mL each) – this was roughly equivalent to three imperial gills or three-quarters of an imperial pint.
  • Two mutchkins (848 mL) made one chopin.
  • Four mutchkins (1696 mL) made one Scottish pint (or joug), roughly equivalent to three imperial pints (1705 mL).[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Alexander Huntar (1624). A treatise, of vveights, mets and measures of Scotland. With their quantities, and true foundation, and sundrie profitable observations, arising vpon everie one of them. Together with the art of metting, measuring & computing all sort of land with diverse tables. ISBN 90-221-0671-3.
  2. ^ *The Concise Scots Dictionary. Aberdeen University Press. 1985. ISBN 0-08-028491-4.