Glen Mhor Logbook 31st March 1952


We've seen the attention to detail from Customs & Excise throughout our logbook journey. Such an ethic will be greatly employed when it comes to the excisemen performing extra tasks, or double duty as its called here, perhaps known nowadays as overtime.

While this entry shows the rates and amount payable by the Crown, it also gives us a sense that extra manpower was needed during this period to cover the excise responsibilities necessary on site. 

As we're seeing, and will see in future entries, watchers were employed to observe work and refurbishments on site. Freeing up the regular excisemen to continue with their more important tasks. Sadly, the purpose or requirement of the double duty is not highlighted in this entry, which reads as follows:


I respectfully submit this claim to Double Duty in respect of year ended 31/3/52 under O.W.O. 19/51 Past? The assessment of units shown on the attached sheet.

Total units on 31/3/52 2221 (10/12) 

Deduct 58 

Gross units 2163 (10/12)

Deduct assistance (3 days @6 3/4) 20 (3/12)

2143 (7/12)

Deduct standard unit for year 2060

83 (7/12)

Divide by 4 = 20 (11/12) Y payments

= £18.6.0


Due to R.Rout officiating 2 weeks @ 47 7/12

= 2x 7 1/12 x 17/6 /4

= £3.2.0

Due to J.Middleton officiating 3 weeks @48 9/12

3x 8 3/12 /4 x 17/6

= £5.8.3

Signed, W.Cray, officer'

What we do know is that there are no recorded refurbishments or building works taking place around this time 1952. Perhaps there is an element of shortages and holiday cover required? Also, it underlines the lack of a consistent presence on site that we've seen in prior decades with Gilbert W. Peterkin, who seemingly departed Glen Mhor sometime in 1950. Times were changing for distilleries across Scotland and also the excisemen who previously remaining on site.

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