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THE SKENE CLAN HISTORY

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Skene Is An Ancient Scots Family

 

The motto of the clan is translated as “a palace the reward of bravery”.

 

The lands of Skene are in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland.

 

Legend has it that they are derived from the Clan Robertson.

 

It is said that in the 11th century the son of the clan chief saved the kings life by killing a wolf with his knife (Skene) and he was rewarded with the lands named after this feat.

Skene’s of Burnside

 

A few miles south of the town of Elgin in an area called Glassgreen is located Burnside croft where the Skene’s can trace back to the early 1700’s.

 

In the heart of malt whisky country “Burnside” is situated on the burn of Linkwood which is in itself in the shadow of the Linkwood, Longmorn and Benriach distilleries.

 

Andrew Skene who runs the Scotland based operation is a direct descendant of the Burnside Skenes. His gr great grandfather John Skene who was born on the croft was a cooper (barrel maker).

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Coopering and the Cask

Coopering and the Cask

 

The craft of the cooper (barrel maker) can be traced back thousands of years.

 

At one time barrels or casks would be the main transportation vessel for both wet and dry goods.

 

Every community would have the requirement for a person skilled in the trade who could construct, repair and renew barrels.

 

To this day in Scotch Whisky the cask is the most important component in the process of ageing the spirit and so the craft is still to the fore.

Andy Skene

 

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TODAY WE HAVE OUR CASKS SITTING IN A DUNNAGE WAREHOUSE A MERE 3 MILES FROM THE ORIGINAL SKENE CROFT.