Rathohall distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

In the 19th century Ratho was a sleepy, rural village. Today it is a dormitory suburb of Edinburgh, sitting on the old Union Canal about six miles from the city centre, two miles south of Edinburgh Airport, and close to the junction of the M8 and M9 motorways. OS coordinates place the early distillery at Kirkton Farm, which still appears on modern maps, a short distance from the canal. A small burn in the vicinity would likely have supplied Rathohall with water.

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    Single malt
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Rathohall History

The distillery was licensed to Colin Morison sometime in the early 1820s. Morison was sequestrated in 1826 and Rathohall was left silent for several years. In 1829 the licence passed to Buchan & Co., which distilled on the site until its closure in 1837.


  • Early 1820s Rathohall distillery is licensed to Colin Morison
  • 1826 Colin Morison is sequestrated and Rathohall falls silent
  • 1829 The distillery is re-opened by Buchan & Co.
  • 1837 Rathohall is closed for the final time


United Kingdom

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