Stobs distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Stobs distillery (also spelled Stobbs) was located just south of a Midlothian farm of the same name, half a mile south-east of Gorebridge, and seven miles east of Edinburgh. There was a small burn beside the distillery – its likely water source – that flowed down to join the Gore Water that in turn flowed into the South Esk.

Today two cottages sit across the road from where the distillery sat, although there is scant trace of it. The burn is still on current maps. 

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    Single malt
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Stobs History

The distillery was established some time before 1820 and distilling continued there under several licensees until 1825. The site later became Stobs Brewery which was still noted on a map of 1854.

The distillery was first licensed at some point before 1820 to Stobs Distillery Co., which was dissolved in 1820. Distilling continued under John Henderson, and in 1821 Stobs was licensed to John Manuel, then to John Manuel Jr. & Co. The company was later sequestrated in 1825 and Stobs distillery closed.

Some time later it became Stobs Brewery, which was still noted on a map of 1854.


  • Pre-1820 Stobs distillery is licensed to Stobs Distillery Co.
  • 1820 Stobs Distillery Co. is dissolved but the site stays active under John Henderson
  • 1821 The licence passes to John Manuel, then to John Manuel Jr. & Co.
  • 1825 John Manuel Jr. & Co. is sequestrated and the distillery is closed


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See also

  • House of Muir House of Muir House of Muir Distillery

    House of Muir

    One of Midlothian’s short-lived farm distilleries that operated for three years in the 18th century.

  • Seggie Seggie Seggie Distillery


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

  • Borders Borders Borders Distillery


    The first Scotch whisky distillery to open in the Borders since 1837.

  • Strathmore Strathmore Strathmore Distillery


    Short-lived malt distillery situated within North of Scotland grain distillery in Cambus.

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