Bo'ness (whiskey distillery)

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country Scotland
region Lowlands
Geographical location 56 ° 0 '51.5 "  N , 3 ° 37' 13.3"  W Coordinates: 56 ° 0 '51.5 "  N , 3 ° 37' 13.3"  W.
Type Malt, grain
status Shut down in 1925,
Founded 1813
founder Death, Padon and Vannen
Spiritstill (s) 1 coffey still
Production volume 3,950,000 l

Bo'ness was a whiskey distillery in Bo'ness , Falkirk , Scotland .


The distillery was founded by Tod , Padon and Vannen outside the town of Bo'ness in 1813 and bought by Vannen in 1929 . Until it was sold to James Calder & Co in 1873, the distillery flourished and expanded steadily. The new owner changed the name of the distillery to Bo'ness Distillery Company and switched production from malt whiskey to grain whiskey in 1876 . For this, the pot stills were removed and a coffee stillInstalled. To ensure the transport of raw materials to the distillery, a rail link was established between the company and the port of Bo'ness at the end of the 19th century. Before being sold to John Dewar in 1921, the name of the distillery changed to James Calder & Co. Ltd. in 1894 . changed. In 1925 the company was owned by Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL) over and was closed. The distillery's warehouses could hold up to 5000 whiskey barrels and were only destroyed by fire in the early 1990s.

There is a possibility that the Bo'ness distillery is identical to the Wallace Paw Distillery , which is said to have existed from around 1795 and whose location is unknown.

Second distillery

With the Grieve Brothers Distillery , another distillery was opened in Bo'ness on South Street in 1817 by a couple of brothers, which is often treated in connection with the Bo'ness Distillery . After both brothers died, the business was stopped in 1842. Practically no further information is available in the literature about this distillery.


The production capacity at the time of malt whiskey production up to 1876 is not known. However, spending on malt was over £ 300 a week in 1845  . The installed Coffey Still had a production capacity of around 39,500  hl per year. The annual expenditure on malt in 1921 was about £ 1,000,000.

In addition, the company was one of the largest UK producers of yeast with a weekly output of almost 50  t . Chaff produced as a waste product was dried and pressed and sold as animal feed.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Information from the city of Bo'ness
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  3. a b Information from the city of Bo'ness