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William Young and Co

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Grange Distillery, Burntisland

1786 The distillery was established on the site of an existing brewery. Throughout its life it was either operated by members of the Young family or leased to others who traded as William Young and Co. This was the case with Andrew Currie and David Galletly, whose copartnery was dissolved in 1865, with the business reverting to the Youngs.

At the time of Alfred Barnard's visit, the distillery had an annual output, under normal conditions, of about 200,000 gallons. It was known for its Old Burntisland brand of malt whisky.

1888 The firm was incorporated as a limited liability company.

1914 The company merged with four other Lowland distillers to form a new company, Scottish Malt Distillers Limited and the firm went into voluntary liquidation at this point. The other parties to the merger were The Clydesdale Distillery Company Limited, Wishaw; A and J Dawson Limited, Linlithgow; Glenkinchie Distillery and The Rosebank Distillery Limited, Falkirk.

1926 Scottish Malt Distillers offered the Grange distillery buildings for sale, through the press, but with the condition that they were not used for any further distilling.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Edinburgh Gazette 24 October 1865
  • Alfred Barnard "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" (1887)
  • National Records of Scotland BT2/1711
  • Edinburgh Gazette 4 August 1914
  • The Scotsman 11 September 1926
  • Brian Townsend "Scotch Missed: The Original Guide to the Lost Distilleries of Scotland" (Fourth Edition 2015)