More than five hundred years of Scotland's national drink will be brought alive this May and June with a landmark exhibition telling the story of Scotch Whisky through archive treasures held in the vaults of both the National Archives of Scotland and private industry collections.
For the first time in many years, the earliest written record of whisky distilling in Scotland will be on public display. The famous 515 year old Exchequer Roll is considered to be the industry's
'founding document' and records King James IV granting Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey 'eight bolls of malt wherewith to make acqua vitae'.
The free exhibition - 'From the Vaults: Whisky and the Scots' - runs through May and June, during the Homecoming Scotland 'Whisky Month' celebrations, in Edinburgh. The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Archives of Scotland, John Dewar & Sons Ltd, Diageo plc,
and the SWA.
Specially loaned objects from the exhibition's two co- sponsors, include an original 1857 stock
book from the John Walker & Sons grocery shop in Kilmarnock and Dewar's oldest known bottle of whisky, dating to the 1890s. Rare exhibits from the National Archives also show the close links between Robert Burns, poet and exciseman, and whisky, a relationship that sparked much of his finest work.