John Cor

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John Cor is the name of the monk referred to in the first known written reference to a batch of Scotch Whisky on 1 June 1495.

“To Brother John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt.” — Exchequer Rolls 1494–95, Vol x, p. 487.[1]

Brother John Cor (Johanni Cor/John Kawe) was a Tironensian monk based at Lindores Abbey in Fife. He was a servant at the court of James IV. The King gave him a gift of 14 shillings on Christmas Day in 1488, and at Christmas time in 1494 Cor was given black cloth from Lille in Flanders for his livery clothes as a clerk in royal service. He was probably an apothecary.[2]

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  1. ^ quoted in Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland, vol. 1 (Edinburgh 1877), p. ccxiv footnote; "Et per liberacionem factam Fratri Johanni Cor per preceptum compotorum rotulatoris, ut asserit, de mandato domini regis ad faciendum aquavite, infra hoc compotum viij bolle brasii."
  2. ^ Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland, vol. 1 (Edinburgh 1877), p. ccxiv, 100, 232
  • "Scotland and Its Whiskies". Author Michael Jackson. Page 127. Published by Duncan Baird, London