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Glenkinchie Distillery

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Pencaitland, East Lothian

1825 Brothers John and George Rate established Milton distillery

1837 The Rates established a larger distillery, which was Glenkinchie

1853 The distillery was closed and converted to use as a sawmill

1883 The Glenkinchie Distillery Company Limited was incorporated (company number 1288). Confusingly, another company with the same name was incorporated in 1890 (company number 2025). This may relate in some way to the rebuilding of the distillery that took place at that time. Both companies were eventually liquidated in 1937

1914 Glenkinchie joined with four other Lowland distillers to form a new company, Scottish Malt Distillers Limited. The other parties to the merger were The Clydesdale Distillery Company Limited, Wishaw; A and J Dawson Limited, Linlithgow; The Rosebank Distillery Limited, Falkirk and William Young and Co Limited, Burntisland

1925 Scottish Malt Distillers merged with the Distillers Co and thus, in time, the business became part of Diageo's portfolio of whisky distilleries

1998 Glenkinchie was chosen to be the Lowland representative in Diageo's Classic Malt Selection

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