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

"It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Kennetpans Distillery, founded in the 1720s byJohn Stein  - 'the Father of Commercial Whisky Distilling'. The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.”

Charles MacLean, W.S., M.A., LL.B., F.S.A.(Scot)
Master of the Quaich
Whisky Writer