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Whisky found inside 1894 time capsule

A time capsule from 1894 containing a bottle of whisky has been unearthed by construction workers in Scotland.

Credit: The Highland Folk Museum.

The shoe box-sized capsule was found buried deep inside part of the Ruthven road bridge near Kingussie in the Cairngorms by Morgan Sindall construction workers, who have been working on replacing the bridge.

Inside the capsule was a bottle of at at least 121-year-old whisky and a newspaper from September 1894. As the bottle had no label, the provenance of the whisky is not known it is not known.

Robert Ogg, of Morgan Sindall, told the BBC: “It is fascinating to think these items have been sitting in the bridge’s structure for 121 years. The changes which have occurred since it was placed there are extraordinary. If you think that the bridge was being used by horses back then, it gives you a sense of the time which has passed.”

He added: “We have actually been working with Kingussie Primary School to create our own time capsule which we hope will last as long.”

The items have been donated to The Highland Folk Museum.

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