A Tale of Two Families

The nature of kinship. Made by the barrel-raising art of the Brown Family and born on the historic lands of the family Conyngham, our whiskey brings two historic families together for generations to come.


1045

Malcolm, son of Friskin, defies Macbeth by sheltering Malcolm III under the hay in his family’s barn.

1058

Malcolm III becomes King of Scots and rewards Malcolm, son of Friskin, with the Thanedom of Cunninghame. The Conyngham Coat of Arms, featuring a three-pronged hayfork, is born.

1690

Albert Conyngham and his son Major General Henry Conyngham fight in the Battle of the Boyne.

1703

Major General Henry Conyngham purchases the land that Slane Castle — and Slane Distillery — now rest on.

1781

William Burton Conyngham plans out and improves the Village of Slane.

1796

Henry Conyngham improves and expands the stables at Slane Castle in which Slane Distillery now resides, using Capability Brown as the architect.

1820

Lady Elizabeth Conyngham becomes the last mistress of King George IV, who straightens the road from Dublin to Slane for speedier visits.

1837

Francis Nathaniel Conyngham informs Princess Victoria that she will be queen.

1854

The Conyngham Cup horse-race at Punchestown is founded by the family – now one of the longest running and most prestigious races on the Irish racing calendar

1870

George Garvin Brown begins selling whiskey in sealed glass bottles to assure its quality. Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky is the flagship brand. Brown eventually enters into a partnership with George Forman, his accountant and friend, and Brown-Forman is created.

1923

Owsley Brown buys the entire stock of Early Times to ensure Brown-Forman’s whiskey supply through the lean years of U.S. Prohibition.

1945

Brown-Forman founds the Blue Grass Cooperage to maintain the highest degree of craftsmanship and control over the barrel raising process.

1952

Conservationist and sportsman "Mount" Conyngham creates the Conyngham Fly.

1953

Early Times becomes the number one bourbon in the United States.

1956

Brown-Forman purchases the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

1981

During a politically tense time in Ireland, Lord Henry invites bands to play a show in Slane Castle’s natural amphitheatre. Slane Concerts are born and the location becomes famous with music fans and artists around the world.

1996

Brown-Forman introduces Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

2015

Brown-Forman acquires Slane Castle Irish Whiskey, beginning an enduring, progressive partnership between the two historic families. The former stables of Slane Castle are converted into Slane Distillery.


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