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The Macallan distillery was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher. Farmers had been making whisky on their farms in the area for centuries, distilling their surplus barley during the quieter winter months.

From its founding by Alexander Reid, through the subsequent owners of The Macallan distillery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the present century, The Macallan has been recognised for the quality of its product above all else.

This is the foundation for the worldwide fame of The Macallan.

'Macallan' is most likely derived from two Gaelic words -'Magh' meaning a fertile piece of ground and 'Ellan', meaning 'of St Fillan', an Irish born monk who travelled widely in Scotland spreading Christianity during the eighth century.