“Moonlighters” by Kevin Nutter


Whisky smugglers, Burgh Marsh, Solway Firth 1830’s

In the 1830’s parliament increased the tax on whisky imported into England and this caused an epidemic of smuggling in scotch whisky.

Coaches, wagons & small boats had secret compartments for this purpose ,the vast majority being apprehended by the excise men. The upper reaches of the Solway were particularly favoured by the smugglers with many local houses having ” Whisky Holes”….

The painting shows “bladders” of whisky being unloaded, these being easier to transport by horse.


Original acrylic painting on 18mm frame canvas wrap.


40 x 30 cms   16 x 12 ins.


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