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Gilcomston was originally a brewery beside the Denburn in Aberdeen, on a site that today sits midway between the Grammar and Gilcomston Primary schools.
Gilcomston first distilled in 1751, after being converted into a distillery by Gilcomston Distillery Co. which collapsed in 1763. It spent the next 60 years as a brewery again, until the introduction of the Excise Act in 1823 encouraged Thomson Elsmie (or Emslie) and Co. to convert it back into a distillery again in 1825.
Sadly, like many whisky distilleries in Scotland at the time, Gilcomston was closed yet again in 1837. Its life as a distillery – and brewery – was over, and the site was converted into a meal mill. Its subsequent history is obscure and the area today appears to be mainly residential.
- 1751 Gilcomston Distillery Co. converts a brewery beside the Denburn into a distillery
- 1763 After little over a decade in operation, the company fails, and the plant resumes brewing beer only
- 1825 The site is licensed to Thomson Elsmie (or Emslie) and Co., which converts it back into a distillery
- 1837 Gilcomston is closed after its owner folds
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A lost distillery that operated somewhere on Aberdeen’s northern edge in the late 18th century.
Urban Aberdeen distillery that survived 40 years in the early 19th century.
A 19th century distillery that operated on what was then the outskirts of Aberdeen.