26th October 1894 Glen Mhor Donald MacDonald Carter
Continuing our exploration of the recently acquired collection of Glen Mhor documents, we turn to the distillery's inception in 1894. I extend my gratitude to all who helped spread the word and donated to facilitate the acquisition of these documents, allowing us to expand our online research.
This is an exciting period for all who are engaged with Glen Mhor as the distillery draws ever closer to completion and initiation of production. The recorded date of the inception of Glen Mhor is officially 8th December 1894, as stated in our Timeline. However, we do know that the distillery advertised the availability of draff to farmers in September 1894, which indicates Indicating that the production process, or at least some trial distillations, had begun.
The peat in question would serve as the essential fuel for Glen Mhor distillery's production, providing support throughout its initial full season.
Telford Street was a thriving part of Muirtown, situated ideally between Inverness and the northern gateway. It offered strong transportation links, either by rail, canal or road. And in addition, numerous businesses were located locally. Donald MacDonald of 15 Telford Street, being such an example and engaged in carting goods.
It was convenient for Mackinlay & Birnie to have a nearby business such as this. We are aware from additional documents that this business relationship lasted until at least 1917, as a subsequent invoice is included amongst the collection.
The carters would frequently have delivered shipping goods from beyond Inverness and also those that came up the Caledonian Canal at the Muirtown Basin. It is believed that the railway did not extend entirely into this region in 1894, and the Muirtown siding was only added when the area was utilised as a feature of the US Naval Base during the First World War.