St Clement's Wells distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The farm that was home to St Clement’s Wells – also written St Clementswells – still appears on maps today. It sits just south of the A1 dual carriageway from Edinburgh to Berwick, opposite Wallyford and its industrial estate to the north. There was a burn or seasonal watercourse close to the farm that was probably the distillery’s water source.

There appears to have been extensive mining under the farm area in later years.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

St Clement's Wells History

St Clement’s Wells distillery was founded circa 1786 by George Milne, or possibly Mylne, who distilled until he was sequestrated in 1809.

The distillery was then acquired by W & J Aitchison, which revived the site in 1813. It remained active until 1833, when the company was dissolved and the distillery closed.

St Clement’s Wells is now the site of a 1,450 home extension of Wallyford village, complete with new shops, a primary school and other facilities. 


  • 1786 (approx.) St Clement’s Wells distillery is started by George Milne
  • 1809 George Milne is sequestrated and the distillery goes silent
  • 1813 Distilling restarts at St Clement’s Wells under W & J Aitchison
  • 1833 The licensee’s partnership dissolves and the distillery closes


St. Clement's Wells
East Lothian
United Kingdom

See also

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    The Bridge

    St Andrews Whisky Company’s blended Scotch designed to ‘bridge the gap’ between malts and blends.

  • Fisherrow Fisherrow Fisherrow Distillery


    Edinburgh’s eastern suburb once housed a distillery from 1826-37.

  • Prestonpans Prestonpans Prestonpans Distillery


    A Lowland distillery at its namesake town near Edinburgh in East Lothian.

  • West Barns West Barns West Barns Distillery

    West Barns

    A distillery at Dunbar, East Lothian, that distilled from 1798 until the mid-1830s.

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