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Coleburn Distillery

Distillery (19th Century)

Site Name Coleburn Distillery

Classification Distillery (19th Century)

Canmore ID 16424

Site Number NJ25NW 21

NGR NJ 24037 55330

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Moray
  • Parish Elgin
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ25NW 21.00 24037 55330

NJ25NW 21.01 centred NJ 24041 55002 1-8 Distillery Cottages

(Location cited as NJ 240 553). Coleburn Distillery, founded 1896. This complex is dominated by a 2-storey, 4- by 12-bay block of maltings, with 2 kilns.

J R Hume 1977

Coleburn was built in 1897 by John Robertson and Company Ltd, blenders, Dundee and sold in 1916 to the Clynelish Distillery Co. Ltd. It was owned by John Risk, the DCL and John Walker and Sons Ltd. It was then transferred to the Distillers Company Ltd. and thence to Scottish Malt Distillers Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of DCL) in 1930. It had two stills in 1980 and was liscensed to J & G Stewart, Edinburgh.

M S Moss and J R Hume 1981

RCAHMS photographic survey, 1996.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Site Management (20 June 2002)

Traditional complex of distillery buildings in rubble with tooled ashlar dressings, partly white-washed. The tall Kiln is topped by an ogee roof with louvred pagoda cupola, whilst the slightly lower Barley Drying Mill is similarly ogee-roofed. A long 2 storey 13 bay slated Malt Barn projects at an angle.

Coleburn Distillery is understood to have been constructed in 1897 by John Robertson and Son Ltd (Dundee blenders), the distillery closing in 1913 before being purchased by Clynelish Distillery Co Ltd. Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd taking the distillery over in 1930 and running it until closure in 1985. (The Distilleries of Scotland)


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