LEITH or BONNINGTONS
Edinburgh
1798 - 1853

Founded by Balenie & Kemp in 1798 then taken over by John Haig in 1804. After the lifting of prohibition in 1814 John Haig was one of only five distillers to register for the commencement of exports to England.

In 1835 Haig & Co installed a Coffey still for the production of grain spirit for their London gin business.

From 1804 - 1853 it was operated by a succession of companies within the Haig dynasty. Distilling closed in 1853. The site was considerably extended and its warehouses are still in existence today under the United Distillers Bonnington Road banner.

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Experts Comments

“Kennetpans is an important site in the Historic development of the whisky industry, and for something to survive since 18th century and being an early forerunner in the industrial revolution of Scotland, I agree it should be saved.”

Alan Winchester
Whisky Historian
Master Distiller The Glenlivet Distilleries