Dumfries distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

It was located in Buccleugh Street, one of Dumfries's main arteries, on a site that is now council offices, according to current maps. It was some considerable way from the River Nith, but it may have sourced water from there via a long lade.

Alternatively, it may have obtained water from a long-culverted stream or a deep-sunk well. As always with long-gone distilleries, no information is to hand on buildings or stills. 

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Dumfries History

The distillery was licensed to William Hyslop from 1795-98. Then came a two-decade gap until it was re-opened in 1817 by James MacNeil, who was sequestrated in 1824. Finally, William Barry and Sons took over in 1825 but they lasted barely a year.


  • 1795 Distillery opened by William Hyslop
  • 1798 Distillery closed by Mr Hyslop
  • 1817 Distillery re-opened by James MacNeil
  • 1824 Mr McNeil sequestrated, distillery closed again
  • 1825 Re-opened by William Barry and Sons, but distilling lasts barely a year
  • 1826 Distillery finally closed by William Barry and Sons


Buccleuch Street
Dumfries and Galloway
United Kingdom

See also

  • Glencarrick Glencarrick Glencarrick Distillery


    A short-lived distillery in Kilmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, that operated in the early 1830s.

  • Bank Bank Bank Distillery


    A vanished 19th century distillery, also known as Bank of Bishoptown and Kirkcudbright.

  • Ecclefechan Ecclefechan Ecclefechan Distillery


    One of Dumfries and Galloway’s lost distilleries.

  • Smallhills Smallhills Smallhills Distillery


    An enigmatic distillery near Whithorn whose location and licence-holder remain a complete mystery.

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