At its height, Port Dundas was the largest distillery in Scotland.
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This vanished distillery took its name from the Rockvilla district of Glasgow. It likely sat on or near Possil Road, close to the branch of the Forth and Clyde Canal that leads eastward past Port Dundas.
Though short-lived as a distillery, Rockvilla’s buildings survived for decades after its closure, first as a maltings and later as a flour mill. Parts of the walls were still reported as standing in the mid-1970s.
Old maps of the area do not clearly identify a distillery, maltings or flour mill, however there is also a Rockvilla farm at Garelochhead in Dunbartonshire – another possible location for the distillery.
Rockvilla distillery was first licensed in 1814 to Messrs Dawson & Mitchell. However, distilling there ended in 1820 when the pair were sequestrated and Rockvilla’s buildings transformed into a maltings.
- 1814 Rockvilla distillery is licensed to Messrs Dawson & Mitchell
- 1820 Dawson & Mitchell are sequestrated and the distillery is closed
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