Johnnie Walker Statue, Kilmarnock, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on the Johnnie Walker whisky connection at Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, S.W. Scotland.
The famous Johnnie Walker brand had its genesis in Kilmarnock in 1820 when John Walker, aged 15 yrs, was set up in business as a grocer by the trustees of his deceased father, an Ayrshire farmer named Alexander Walker of Todriggs. John started to blend his own whisky, a practice carried on by his son, Alexander who managed to turn the grocery shop into a global business. John Walker is buried in Kilmarnock in the graveyard of the former St. Andrew’s Glencairn Church.
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Old High Kirk, Kilmarnock, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on the town of Kilmarnock ( pop 44,000) in East Ayrshire, Scotland with particular emphasis on the town’s connection with Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.
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Dean Castle: 14th C tower on left, 15th c palace on right.
Today, I visited Dean Castle near Kilmarnock, about 30 minutes S.W. of Glasgow. This fortification has a long history but in conjunction with the associated country park is now operated as a visitor attraction by the local council.
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