An Aberdeenshire distillery that survived seven years of the 19th century, quite a feat at the time.
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Also called Tacksbank, Jacksbank was an isolated farm distillery in the Mearns, formerly Kincardineshire, now Aberdeenshire, some 2.5 miles from Drumlithie and seven miles from Stonehaven.
The distillery stood several miles inland from the coast close to a feeder stream of the Carron Water that meanders north-east to the sea at Stonehaven.
The Mearns is an undulating and hilly area with many farms, vivdly portayed in Lewis Grassic Gibbon's famous novel Sunset Song, part of a series collectively known as A Scots Quair. Compared to many areas, licensed distilleries were relatively few in the Mearns, although Royal Glenury at Stonehaven was very well known until its closure in 1986. Information on Jacksbank distillery is non-existent but the farm is still on maps today.
Jacksbank distillery was founded by William Walker in 1796, but it closed just three years later in 1799.
- 1796 Distillery opened by William Walker
- 1799 Distilling ceases, distillery closed