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Swedish visitor to Clydebank with QE2 whisky, 1968 (RMS Queen Elizabeth 2)
Photograph of a visiting Swedish delegate packing whisky bottled for RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 in his luggage.

Carbost, home of Talisker Whisky
Photograph of tourist visiting Carbost, Isle of Skye, with Talisker Whisky Distillery featured in the background

First reference to whisky, 1494
Section of Scottish exchequer roll containing the earliest known reference to whisky. The exchequer collected and spent money due to the crown. Friar John Corr, a monk at Lindores Abbey, was granted 8 bolls of grain to make aqua vitae

Tourists visiting Carbost, Isle of Skye
Photograph of tourists meeting the Gaelic-speaking children of Carbost, Isle of Skye, with Talisker distillery in background.

Vignette of distilling and farming, 1798
Vignette of distilling and farming. Detail from plan of lands of Craigend in Parish of St Ninians, Stirlingshire, by William Drummond, surveyor.