|The Bailie Nicol Jarvie is a well-loved whisky - but who was the famous 'Bailie Nicol Jarvie' Was he a poet A fraudster A celebrated love|
The truth is that he was a fictional character immortalised by Sir Walter Scott in the pages of his epic novel 'Rob Roy'. A respected Glasgow magistrate by trade, the Bailie Nicol Jarvie was an outspoken yet good-natured gentleman who naturally appreciated a good dram.
He was perhaps most noted for his role in 'Legend of the Red Hot Poker'.
Upon entering a Highland inn, the good Bailie came under threat from a wild sword-wielding Highlander. Standing his ground he found his own blade rusted to its scabbard through disuse. He seized a 'Red Hot Poker' from the hearth and with great presence of mind, rather than disfigure his oppenent, set fire to his 'New Bonnie Plaid.'
Unnecessary bloodshed was thus avoided yet honour was satisfied!
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