Avonglen distillery

Lowland single malt Scotch whisky

Avonglen distillery was in the Millheugh area of Larkhall; close to the river Avon, which skirts the town’s west side. Its buildings must have been substantial, as the site was later used as bleach-works.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Avonglen History

The distillery was opened in 1827 by Messrs Goold and Burns, though it closed the following year. It resurfaced shortly after under the guidance of John Burns & Co., but closed again within months. Its owner was clearly struggling, as it was sequestrated in 1830.

The site saw greater success in later years as a bleach-works, a role it fulfilled until as late as 1980.


  • 1827 Messrs Goold and Burns open the distillery at Avonglen
  • 1828 The distillery closes for a brief time
  • 1828-29 John Burns and Co. take over Avonglen and distilling resumes
  • 1829 The distillery closes once again
  • 1830 John Burns and Co. is sequestrated and the distillery closes


South Lanarkshire
United Kingdom

See also

  • Carnwath Carnwath Carnwath Distillery


    Distillery established in Lanarkshire in the early 19th century, also known as Wilsontown.

  • Castle Hill Castle Hill Castle Hill Distillery

    Castle Hill

    A South Lanarkshire distillery near Carluke that closed in the 1830s.

  • Gill Gill Gill Distillery


    A lost Lowland distillery near Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire that survived 15 years from 1825 to 1840.

  • Burn Stewart Distillers Burn Stewart Distillers Burn Stewart Distillers Distiller & blender

    Burn Stewart Distillers

    Distilling and blending company.

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