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Lilliard Gin: What's the story?

October 16, 2017

 

Named after the heroine of the 1545 Scottish Borders’ Battle of  Ancrum Moor which was fought between the Scots and the English, Lilliard Gin is created from botanicals foraged in the Scottish Borders.

 

It is said that, despite having both her legs cut off in the battle, Lilliard fought to the death to avenge the  murder of her lover at the hands of the  English.

 

A monument erected in the 19th century on the site of the battle, also known as Lilliard's Edge (and previously as 'Lillesietburn' in the 12th century, and 'Lillyat Cros' in the 14th century), records the following traditional verse:

 

"Fair maiden Lilliard
lies under this stane
little was her stature
but muckle was her fame
upon the English loons
she laid monie thumps
and when her legs were cuttit off
she fought upon her stumps.
"

 

The monument replaced an earlier stone with the same inscription, which is recorded as being in pieces in 1743.

 

Less feisty than its namesake, Lilliard Gin is a light gin with a floral palette. So delicate is it