Our heritage in malting dates back to 1823 when Hugh Baird & Sons Ltd. was founded. Hugh Baird studied brewing in Edinburgh and the South of England, and with his sons, Hugh and Montagu soon established a flourishing malting and hop business. The other partner in creating the present Bairds malt company was Moray Firth Maltings plc (est. 1967), which pioneered the malting of quality barley grown in Scotland thus simultaneously combining the skill of Scottish farmers with the demand from the many distilleries in nearby Speyside, famous the world over for fine Scotch Whisky. These two vibrant companies were combined as Bairds Malt Limited through a joint venture in March 1999. Since that date, the company has built upon the combined skills and experience of its employees in plant locations that are strategically distributed throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about the malting process here.