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Grantown-on-Spey Summer Exhibition (5 of 7)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_BILLSADLER_05
PLACENAME
Grantown on Spey
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
MORAYSHIRE: Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Bill Sadler
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1846
KEYWORDS
museums
stills
whisky stills
audio

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Grantown Museum and Heritage Centre opened in 1999. It tells the story of Grantown-on-Spey, a fine example of an 18th-century planned town. In this audio extract from the 1980s, Bill Sinclair talks to Bill Sadler of the Grantown Society about a temporary exhibition of 'Old Grantown' in the Old Courthouse in Grantown, prior to the establishment of the museum.

Following on our river theme we couldn't talk about the Spey without talking about fishing because it is one of Scotland's most famous - I've no doubt some would argue - the most famous salmon and trout river. And we have a collection of rods - the greenheart rods - and some lovely photographs and flies, telling something of the background to this. The other aspect that is synonymous with the Spey, in the waters of the Spey, is, of course, whisky and we are lucky enough to have got on loan of a magnificent little still.

Interviewer: Is this one that from the - an illicit one from the hills?

That's right. It's the 'Sma Still of Auchindoon'. It was run by the three millers who did very nicely out of it until one of them decided that perhaps he wasn't getting his fair share, so he promptly told the exciseman and that rather broke up the partnership. The still, of course, went before the exciseman got there, the still was out the door and buried in a peat bog. It's argued, of course, that there's still stills working in these hills. We've got the coopering tools as well to go with it which is a lovely collection of tools.

Interviewer: And you haven't a little of the illicit whisky?

Not on public display! [Laughter]

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Grantown-on-Spey Summer Exhibition (5 of 7)

MORAYSHIRE: Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie

1980s

museums; stills; whisky stills; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Grantown-on-Spey

Grantown Museum and Heritage Centre opened in 1999. It tells the story of Grantown-on-Spey, a fine example of an 18th-century planned town. In this audio extract from the 1980s, Bill Sinclair talks to Bill Sadler of the Grantown Society about a temporary exhibition of 'Old Grantown' in the Old Courthouse in Grantown, prior to the establishment of the museum. <br /> <br /> Following on our river theme we couldn't talk about the Spey without talking about fishing because it is one of Scotland's most famous - I've no doubt some would argue - the most famous salmon and trout river. And we have a collection of rods - the greenheart rods - and some lovely photographs and flies, telling something of the background to this. The other aspect that is synonymous with the Spey, in the waters of the Spey, is, of course, whisky and we are lucky enough to have got on loan of a magnificent little still.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Is this one that from the - an illicit one from the hills?<br /> <br /> That's right. It's the 'Sma Still of Auchindoon'. It was run by the three millers who did very nicely out of it until one of them decided that perhaps he wasn't getting his fair share, so he promptly told the exciseman and that rather broke up the partnership. The still, of course, went before the exciseman got there, the still was out the door and buried in a peat bog. It's argued, of course, that there's still stills working in these hills. We've got the coopering tools as well to go with it which is a lovely collection of tools.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And you haven't a little of the illicit whisky?<br /> <br /> Not on public display! [Laughter] <br />