Glen Mhor Log Book 22nd June 1937
The writing on this page is quite faint, but I have transcribed it to the best of my ability:
Glen Mhor Distillery
22nd June 1937
Sir, I beg to forward application from Messrs Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd for permission during the silent season to:
1. ?? the spirit from cask
2. fill the Spirit Receiver, vat, and Low Wines and Spirit Charger with water from time to time.
3. have the Spirit Store left open for cleaning
4. be permitted to rack in the Spirit Store
The distillery is now silent and all spirits have been removed from the Spirit Store ?? the balance in the ?? cask. The Feints Receiver containing the depending? feints is ??? no feints can be passed to the Spirit Receiver.
During any racking in the Spirit Store the ?? vat will be empty and the water pipe locked in accordance with the 151a Distillers Instructions.
Yours obediently, Gilbert W. Peterkin, officer'
My thanks once again to Alan Winchester for his thoughts on this entry and the silent season:
From the margin entry, we can see that the request was approved on 23rd June (the very next day) subject to the quoted conditions:
It is also worth mentioning, given the importance of the Exciseman role to each distillery, that this is the first entry that is not penned by Neil M. Gunn. Instead, we have a new representative attached to Glen Mhor (only time will tell if in a permanent or temporary capacity), who I'm confident is a Gilbert W. Peterkin.
To confirm this, I delved into the Inverness Burgh Directory for 1937, which by the way still lists Neil as being in the Excise business, but also a handful of excisemen living and working in Inverness. The match is Gilbert, who is listed as living on Kenneth Street, which joins onto Telford Street, ensuring a brisk walk to the distillery. An important member of the distillery team, it'll be another branch of enquiry to find out more on Gilbert - potentially this is his life here, but I'd need to delve into the census records to confirm.
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