Lindores Abbey and Friar, John Cor


The first written record of Scottish whisky can be found on some parchment made from calfskin that forms a 1491 Exchequer Roll. This is now stored in the General Resister House in Edinburgh.

From the famous phase, "Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey being granted 'eight bolls of malt wherewith to make acqua vitae' by King James IV", we can see that monks at abbeys were granted the King's commission to distill "acqua vitae" (whisky). From ancient time, monks had brewed ales there so it was easy for them to distill whisky if they had equipment for distillation.

You could imagine that famers used to distill acua vitae before this record. However, according to the written record, Lindores Abbey is the earliest distillery and friar John Cor is the man who made the first "acqua vitae".

Lindores Abbey and Friar, John Cor