The Old Bushmills Distillery Co.

Established in 1608, Bushmills in County Antrim, Ireland, is the world’s oldest legal distillery.  By the time of Bushmills’ official opening in 1784, whiskey was already quite popular, and the distillery has been frequented by travelers across the centuries. It won awards at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889 and at the Chicago Colombian Exhibition of 1893.  Even after more than 400 years, it still wins awards at international spirit ratings competitions.

Bottle embossed: The Old Bushmill’s Distillery Co. Limited Trade Mark ESTd 1784

Bottle embossed: The Old Bushmill’s Distillery Co. Limited Trade Mark ESTd 1784



Ireland in the Nineteenth Century, and Seventh of England's Dominion: Enriched with Copious Descriptions of the Resources of the Soil, and Seats and Scenery of the North West District (Google eBook) by Esq. A. Atkinson, 1833

Ireland in the Nineteenth Century, and Seventh of England’s Dominion: Enriched with Copious Descriptions of the Resources of the Soil, and Seats and Scenery of the North West District (Google eBook) by Esq. A. Atkinson, 1833

Guide through Ireland (Google eBook) James Fraser (of Dublin.) 1838

Guide through Ireland (Google eBook) James Fraser (of Dublin.) 1838

Scenery & antiqities of north-west Donegal, 1893

Scenery & Antiquities of north-west Donegal, 1893

Official Catalog of the British Section,  Great Britain. Royal Commission for the Chicago Exhibition, 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

Official Catalog of the British Section, Great Britain. Royal Commission for the Chicago Exhibition, 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition

The Strand Magazine, Volume 15, G. Newnes, 1898

The Strand Magazine, Volume 15, G. Newnes, 1898

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About Jessica

I am the supervisor of the analysis of the archaeological collection recovered from the Old Main excavation.
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3 Responses to The Old Bushmills Distillery Co.

  1. how much is the bottle shown in this article worth?

    • Jessica says:

      The artifacts featured here were excavated and not purchased. I cannot make any claims to offer accurate appraisals, but for my own knowledge I look at sold listings on ebay to ascertain what others have paid for the item.

  2. maggie says:

    i have this bottle under my sick cupboard….maggie in belfast

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