Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mystery over Scottish rock carving found 5,500 miles away in China: Eight-foot rock with name of historic whisky distillery chiselled into it is found on Chinese building site


Mystery over Scottish rock carving found 5,500 miles away in China: Eight-foot rock with name of historic whisky distillery chiselled into it is found on Chinese building site
Discovery made during recent work on resort at Moganshan near Shanghai
Rock was engraved with word 'Glenturret' - a distillery in Crieff, Perthshire
Developers know property used to belong to a Scottish missionary doctot
But they remain puzzled about connection to Glenturret, 5,500 miles away
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Mystery surrounds the discover by construction workers in China of a giant piece of rock engraved with the word Glenturret - the name of a Scottish whisky distillery 5,500 miles away.
The discovery came during a recent excavation for a resort at Moganshan, a holiday destination in China two hours from Shanghai.
Developers of the Chinese resort and staff at the historic Glenturret distillery in Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland, remain baffled over the link between the two sites.



Mystery surrounds the discover by construction workers in China of a giant piece of rock engraved with the word Glenturret - the name of a Scottish whisky distillery 5,500 miles away
One avenue of investigation has emerged after it was revealed some of the China property used to belong to Dr. Duncan Main, a Scottish missionary doctor who dedicated 45 years of his life to working in China in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
But developers are still puzzled about the connection to Glenturret.
Staff at the distillery are baffled too and called on the public to help them solve the last pieces of an intriguing mystery, one that gives a new twist to UK-China trade relations.


Grant Horsfield, founder of 'naked Retreats', which operates a luxury eco-resort in the area and is working on opening more properties, said: 'We know Dr. Duncan Main, one of the most famous missionaries in China at the time, had a castle on the property and that it was used as a summer retreat by him and his hospital staff.

'It was built in 1910 as a sanitorium and known simply as £1 Moganshan. We also know it passed into the hands of the government of Zhejiang for a short time during China's nationalisation and then was handed back to Dr. Main's son, S. Duncan Main.


Mystery surrounds the discover by construction workers in China of a giant piece of rock engraved with the word Glenturret - the name of a Scottish whisky distillery 5,500 miles away
One avenue of investigation has emerged after it was revealed some of the China property used to belong to Dr. Duncan Main, a Scottish missionary doctor who dedicated 45 years of his life to working in China in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
But developers are still puzzled about the connection to Glenturret.
Staff at the distillery are baffled too and called on the public to help them solve the last pieces of an intriguing mystery, one that gives a new twist to UK-China trade relations.



One avenue of investigation has emerged after it was revealed some of the China property used to belong to Dr. Duncan Main, a Scottish missionary doctor who dedicated 45 years of his life to working in China in the late 1800s and early 1900s

'We have yet to find a link between Dr. Main and our own region of Crieff, which is some distance away at the foot of the Scottish Highlands.

'We're wondering if perhaps Dr. Main was such a fan of his native drink that he was one of the first importers of Glenturret whisky to China. Another possibility is that the rock has uncovered a link not to Glenturret Distillery but to a British steamship called Glenturret that we also know existed.

'What is clear is that Glenturret made its mark, literally, halfway around the world. We'd love to have someone come forward to shed some more light on what is truly a fascinating story and a very colourful cast of characters.

'Otherwise, for us, it may not be so much the Year of the Monkey as the Year of the Whisky as we try to clear the whole mystery up.'


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