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Cows, Cash, Whisky and Steam. Craigend Distillery 1798

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Do you know what James Watt has to do with whisky? Well, actually, a lot. I tiny little drawing on a map from 1798 tells us a lot about distilling in Scotland more than 200 years ago. And what James Watt had to do with it.


I'm always excited about  hidden treasures that can be found in old archives. One of my recent finds is  the map of Craigend Distillery of 1798. The map is available online, and below you will find a link to this map.

In the upper right corner there is a small drawing, a "vignette",  that is especially interesting. At first glance, it may seem that this drawing is just for decoration, to make the map a little prettier. And the cows on the roof are also very funny. Did the artist drink too much whisky when he made the map?

However, if you look more closely, you will quickly realize that a story is being told here. By 1798, most people in Stirlingshire, Scotland could read and often they could write. The educational system was very advanced in Scotland. Bu…