THE FIRST RECORD
In 1763, a rental document of Sir Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre refers to Thurot Distillery, the earliest known name for Glenturret. The Murrays of Ochtertyre were a Baronial family that owned extensive lands and property that they would rent out to tenants. This is the earliest record that we have of The Glenturret and it is this that gives us confidence to state that The Glenturret is Scotland’s Oldest Working Distillery. We are however, constantly searching for earlier records of this fascinating and historic distillery.
In 1814, the Murray family sold Thurot Distillery to Thomas MacInnes, who renamed it The Hosh Distillery.
(It remained The Hosh until 1873, when The Glenturret name was reinstated for good.) Around this time, MacInnes’ uncle, Thomas McComish, also started to operate the nearby mill as a distillery. Both distilleries were similar in size, and it is likely that uncle and nephew worked closely together to run both operations, they were collaborators, competitors, but most of all, dedicated whisky-makers.