1745 - the Jacobite's crossed the River Spey
at Aberlour on their way to Culloden.
1812 - the earliest parts of the Town seen
today, were built for Charles Grant of Wester
Elchies Estate, as Charlestown of Aberlour. The
Town is now known as just Aberlour.
1814 - the Town was granted its Feu Charter,
allowing Markets to be held. Illegal Whisky
Distilling was prominent in the area at that
1814 - the Craigellachie Bridge was
completed over the River Spey 2 miles north of
Aberlour, a Cast Iron Bridge designed by Thomas
1823 - the Excise Act was
passed, allowing many of the Distilleries to
begin legal production, as long as they paid
Taxes. The ones that refused to pay Taxes, were
hunted down by Excise Men.
The Aberlour Distillery began operating in
1879, Macallan 3 miles north in 1824, Glen
Grant 5 miles north in 1840, and Glenfiddich 4
miles northeast in 1886.
Other Distilleries in the area without
Visitor Centre's are: Balvenie, Dalmunach,
Dewars, Dufftown, Glenrothes, Glendullan, Glen
Spey, Kininvie, and Mortlach.
1858 - Aberlour House
was built for Alexander Grant, who made his
fortune through Slaves and Plantations.
1863 - the Railway reached Aberlour, running
between Boat of Garten and Dufftown,
calling at Nethy Bridge, Broomhill, Grantown on
Spey, Ballindalloch, Aberlour, and
1875 - Aberlour Orphanage was founded by
Margaret Macpherson Grant, and the Minister
Charles Jupp. Margaret had inherited Aberlour
The Orphanage Tower can be viewed at Tower
Place by the High School, with Information and
a Statue of a girl.
1898 - Walkers
Shortbread began being made here by the 21
year old Joseph Walker, soon becoming popular
around the world.
1905 - Aberlour Golf Club opened, closing in
the late 1930s.
1940s - Aberlour House was used by the
Military during World War Two.
1947 - Aberlour House was converted to serve
as the Aberlour House School, a preparatory
School for Gordonstoun, 20
miles north, where Prince Charles was educated,
claimed to be like a Punnishment Camp for Rich
Kids, founded by the German named Kurt
1971 - the last Train ran on the 30 mile
long Line between Boat of Garten and
Craigellachie. Some of the Stations are now
used for Tourist related Attractions.
1972 - the Craigellachie Bridge was closed
to Traffic after a new Bridge was completed 100
yards east. The Old Bridge is now used for
Walking and Biking.
2004 - Walkers Shortbread took over Aberlour
House to serve as their Offices.