Aberdeen Journal & General Advertiser - 23rd May 1895
'Mr John Birnie, Distiller, Inverness, said he was decidedly in favour of the Great North Bill.'
This debate centres on the Great North of Scotland railway legislation. From a distillery aspect, the arrival of the railways ensured a quick and convenient route to market in comparison to the hazards and duration of shipping by water or road. We know from our Documents Section that Glen Mhor made great use of the railways for shipping barley and coal in later years.
There's also the aspect of John Birnie being a respected voice in the community. One that would lead to him serving on the council in future years. In addition, how respected distillers had become within the community as well.