NT8814 : Valley of Usway Burn north of Uswayford

taken 6 years ago, 4 km from Barrowburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Valley of Usway Burn north of Uswayford
Valley of Usway Burn north of Uswayford
Below, near the sheepfold, is the footbridge over Clay Burn. In the distance, at the sharp bend on the Usway Burn, on the south side of the burn known as Inner Hare Cleugh which descends through the forest from the left (west), are the remains of Rory's Still, where illicit whisky was made.
Whisky distilling in upper Coquetdale :: NT8909
During the Napoleonic Wars the tax levied on spirits in England increased four-fold. The duty in Scotland was much lower, and the difference in price encouraged whisky smuggling down the drove roads that cross the Cheviot Hills. Excise men would patrol the hills, stopping and searching carts and travellers for contraband liquor.

Smugglers like Black Rory and Whisky Jack Kane then turned to making their own whisky by Coquetdale’s fast flowing streams. Local farmers secretly supplied the barley and peat for firing the malt kiln that was dug near the still.

Philipson, J, 1991, Whisky Smuggling on the Border, Society of Antiquaries, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Date Taken
Friday, 20 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 21 January, 2012
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Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8857 1498 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:25.7149N 2:10.9295W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8873 1482
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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