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John Birnie was born in Banffshire in 1856. From 1872 to 1877 he worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland. He then began a life-long career in distilling. Birnie spent eight years at Benrinnes Distillery on Speyside before coming to Inverness in 1885 to take charge of the Glen Albyn Malt Whisky Distillery at Muirtown. For 16 years Birnie was a member of the Town Council. He served as treasurer for six years and as a magistrate for three.
oil on canvas
H 102.5 x W 88 cm