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

"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