Canongate distillery

Lowland single malt Scotch whisky

Edinburgh is home to a rich distilling heritage, although sadly very few operations remain in the city today. Canongate was one such distillery populating the Scottish capital.

Its exact location is unclear, but the new Scottish Parliament building sits on the site of a long-established brewery at Canongate, the lower stretch of the Royal Mile on the approach to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The brewery would latterly have drawn its water from the mains, but may historically have tapped into an underground burn or spring. It is just possible that Canongate distillery exploited the same water source.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Canongate History

Canongate distillery opened in 1795, licensed to George Hume, but closed later the same year.


  • 1795 Canongate distillery opens under George Hume
  • 1795 The distillery closes


United Kingdom

See also

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    Arthur Bell & Sons

    Once one of the great independent whisky producers of Scotland.

  • John Haig & Company John Haig & Company John Haig & Company Distiller & blender

    John Haig & Company

    Distilling dynasty best known for its early adoption of the patent still at Cameronbridge.

  • William Sanderson & Son William Sanderson & Son William Sanderson & Son Distiller & blender

    William Sanderson & Son

    Leith-based whisky blender most famous for its Vat 69 blend.

  • Bulloch Lade & Company Bulloch Lade & Company Bulloch Lade & Company Distiller & blender

    Bulloch Lade & Company

    An independent distiller and blender that once operated Caol Ila and Tamdhu distilleries.

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