Many seemingly knowledgeable sources suggest that Friar John Cor (or Corr) received a royal order to make aqua vitae from malt. And that this was the first historical reference to whisky.
Most say this appeared in the Exchequer rolls for 1494-95.
But some sites the date was June 1, 1494, some say June 1, 1495.
And at least one says 1496, but since that is the chaps at 3 Drunk Celts, I think it is safe to say they are not seeing things as straight as they might.
Has anyone bothered to or managed to actually confirm the accuracy of either date?