Founded between 1825 & 1836

                      

 

This distillery changed hands a few times before John Ramsay acquired it in 1836. It was run by him and his descendants until 1920 when it was sold to the Port Ellen Distillery Co Ltd.

James Stein married Margaret Ramsay in 1848 and became John's manager at the Port Ellen Distillery. He built a charming house on the edge of the village which they called 'Rosalind Cottage'.

Experts Comments

"Kennetpans, the birthplace of the Scottish Whisky Industry, the very Genesis of all things #Scotch, lies unloved and in ruins. We created modern Distilling, gave it to the World and this is how much Scotland cares about this unique and frankly incredible historical legacy. We don't. Not one bit. Its a disgrace."

Victor Brierly
Co-founder of the Whisky Ambassador Ltd