NT8815 : Sheepfold above Davidson's Linn

taken 7 years ago, 5 km from Barrowburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Sheepfold above Davidson's Linn
Sheepfold above Davidson's Linn
The footbridge takes Salter's Road (path) over the Usway Burn. The path goes left, through the forest NT8815 : Looking north from Davidson's Linn climbing steeply to the Scottish Border which is not far away.

This is not, however, the site of Rory's Still NT8815 : Valley of the Usway Burn below Davidson's Linn, despite the grid reference cited in the archaeology literature LinkExternal link

The valley leading up through the forest (and bending to the right) is Outer Hare Cleugh. Rory's Still is on Inner Hare Cleugh, some 500m south of Davidson's Linn. I KNOW THAT NOW!
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)
Sunday, 22 January, 2012
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Uplands  Paths  Grassland  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest 
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