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Langholm Distillery

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Malt whisky distillers, Langholm

1765 The distillery was one of the earliest to be built in Scotland, on a rocky situation on the banks of the River Esk. Towards the end of the century it was converted to a paper mill.

1826 By now the distillery had resumed its original purpose under Arnot and Co. John Arnot and James Kennedy were partners but faced sequestration in that year.

1837 The Langholm Distillery Co had James Kennedy as its acting manager, shortly before he established the Glentarras Distillery nearby. The business was hereafter run by John Connell and his son Arthur.

At the time of Alfred Barnard's visit, annual output was 46,000 gallons. A certain quantity of that annual production was the highly unusual Birch Whisky, made to a secret formula.

1918 Arthur Connell died and production did not resume post-war, with machinery from the distillery offered for sale in 1919 and the distillery buildings themselves in 1922.

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Sources of Information

  • Pigot and Co.'s National Commercial Directory of the whole of Scotland and of The Isle of Man 1837
  • Slater's (late Pigot and Co's) Royal National Commercial Directory and Topography of Scotland 1861
  • Slater's (late Pigot and Co's) Royal National Commercial Directory and Topography of Scotland 1878
  • Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory and Topography of Scotland 1886
  • Alfred Barnard "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" (1887)
  • Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland 1903
  • The Scotsman 24 May 1918, 5 July 1919, 4 October 1922
  • Brian Townsend "Scotch Missed: The Original Guide to the Lost Distilleries of Scotland" (Fourth Edition 2015)