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Alan McIvor

Smuggling and illegal distilling

Born: 1971

Duration: 8m 38s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 12.1 Mb

Recorded: 22 August 2019

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Alan McIvor delves into some of the murkier annals of Caithness history to reveal tales of smuggling and illicit distilling – activities that invariably took place in secrecy, under the cover of darkness, often in out-of-the-way spots, in the hope of evading the watchful gaze of the exciseman. As Alan points out: “The number of small natural harbours and inlets around the coast was a great attraction for those dealing in contraband.”

Alan is best known for his voluntary work on behalf of Thurso Heritage Society.




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