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William McKersie and Co

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Malt whisky distillers, Albyn Distillery, Campbeltown

1830 The Albyn Distillery was said to have been established by William McKersie, formerly a partner in the Lochside Distillery. 1830 is the date recorded by Alfred Barnard in 1886, However, Albyn is missing from the list of distillers in Pigot and Co's 1837 directory. The business was carried on by the founder's two sons John and William as William McKersie and Co. At the time of Barnard's visit annual production was 85,000 gallons.

1920 The business was incorporated as William McKersie and Company Limited. This was just as Campbeltown was entering a disastrous slump in the whisky business and most of the distilleries closed over the next few years. The company apparently went into liquidation in 1927 and the buildings were sold the following year.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Slater's (late Pigot and Co's) Royal National Commercial Directory and Topography of Scotland 1861
  • National Records of Scotland BT2/11245
  • Alfred Barnard "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" (1887)
  • Brian Townsend "Scotch Missed: The Original Guide to the Lost Distilleries of Scotland" (Fourth Edition 2015)
  • David Stirk, The Distilleries of Campbeltown: The Rise and Fall of the Whisky Capital of the World (2019)