Fisherrow distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Also spelled Fisher Row, this was a distillery in Fisherrow, a locality east of Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth lying between Joppa and Musselburgh, that lasted 11 years from 1826 to 1837 under three operators, with one four-year dormant period.

Although Fisherrow today almost rates as a suburb of Edinburgh, two centuries ago it was mainly a fishing village west of the River Esk that separates it from Musselburgh. The distillery’s location is unclear: it may have sat close to the Esk, or more in the village centre, possibly on a burn that has long since disappeared or been totally culverted. One street is called Ladywell, which may have been a water source in bygone times. As with all such early distilleries, detailed information on the distillery and its stills is unavailable.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
  • Previous names
    Fisher Row

Fisherrow History

Fisherrow distillery was opened and operated by John Dodds from 1826 to 1827, when he was sequestrated. W & J Aitchison then distilled from 1828 to 1833, when the partnership was dissolved. William Aitchison briefly resumed distilling as a sole trader in 1837, but seems to have closed that same year.


  • 1826 Fisherrow distillery is founded by John Dodds
  • 1827 John Dodds is sequestrated, and the distillery closed
  • 1828 Fisherrow is re-opened by W & J Aitchison
  • 1833 The Aitchison partnership is dissolved, and the distillery closed again
  • 1837 William Aitchison resumes distilling but closes Fisherrow for the last time that same year


East Lothian
United Kingdom

See also

  • Prestonpans Prestonpans Prestonpans Distillery


    A Lowland distillery at its namesake town near Edinburgh in East Lothian.

  • St Clement's Wells St Clement's Wells St Clement's Wells Distillery

    St Clement's Wells

    A long-lost farm distillery, once sited between Musselburgh and Tranent.

  • West Barns West Barns West Barns Distillery

    West Barns

    A distillery at Dunbar, East Lothian, that distilled from 1798 until the mid-1830s.

  • Glenkinchie Glenkinchie Glenkinchie Distillery & brand


    Lowland rep in Diageo's Classic Malts.

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