Glenburn distillery

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Also called Rubislaw, Spademill and Glenburnie, this was an urban distillery in Aberdeen that survived for nearly 40 years.

It seems the distillery sat beside the Rubislaw Burn on the east side of Forest Road, between Queens Road and Beaconsfield Place, now a genteel residential area of granite-fronted houses.

An 1880s map shows nothing on the site but, interestingly, that the Rubislaw Burn was dammed slightly upstream from Forest Road, possibly to supply a lade to the distillery.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
  • Previous names
    Spade Mill

Glenburn History

In 1816 Glenburn distillery was founded and licensed to James Dunbar, who ran it for just one year. It was picked up by Robertson, Brown and Co., but the company was dissolved just two years later.

In 1818 Glenburn was licensed to Brown and Co., which ran the site seemingly uninterrupted until 1837, when it was mothballed.

Glenburn was reported as operating in 1851, while in 1852 it was under the stewardship of Brown, Farquhar and Co.. No date is given for its closure.


  • 1816 James Dunbar builds a distillery beside the Rubislaw Burn
  • 1817 Glenburn distillery is licensed to Robertson, Brown and Co. which is dissolved in 1819
  • 1818 The distillery continues unabated, and is picked up by Brown and Co.
  • 1837 Glenburn is put into mothballs
  • 1852 Glenburn is licensed to Brown, Farquhar and Co. The date of its eventual closure unknown.


Beaconsfield Place
United Kingdom

See also

  • Cants Mill Cants Mill Cants Mill Distillery

    Cants Mill

    A rural farm distillery open in Angus for just a year in the early 19th century.

  • West Mill West Mill West Mill Distillery

    West Mill

    Perthshire distillery that operated in the early 19th century.

  • Huntly Huntly Huntly Distillery


    Lost Speyside distillery located near Huntly, which was also known as Pirries Mill or Peiries Mill.

  • Seggie Seggie Seggie Distillery


    A lost 19th century distillery opened beside the Eden estuary at Guardbridge, Fife.

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