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The History Of Glenlossie

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Glenlossie timeline.

1876

1876

Former distillery manager and founder of Longmore, John Duff, at the time a local publican of the Fife Arms, sketches out the plans for a distillery. Working with architect A. Marshall MacKenzie, he designs the distillery to be independent of steam power – using a natural slope to drive a waterwheel of eight horsepower. Duff builds his distillery with the help of his friends H. M. S. Mackay, the burgh surveyor, and local procurator Alexander Grigor Allan. The partners retain their day jobs, and Duff takes on the management alone.

1887

1887

The distillery is prospering and Glasgow whisky blender John Hopkins joins the partnership.

1888

1888

With business booming and whisky popular in the colonies, the entrepreneurial Duff decides to emigrate to South Africa with his family. His plan is to set up the country’s first whisky distillery.

1892

1892

Duff’s ambitions are thwarted by South Africa’s president, who stands against any form of British influence. The dream disappears, along with most of Duff’s money, and he returns with his family to Elgin.

1896

1896


Duff breaks from the original partnership after Allan’s death, and Mackay and his nephew J. H. Hair form The Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd. The begin to make improvements, including building their own railway siding.

1914

1914

The distillery closes to conserve barley during the war.

1919

1919

The Distillers Company Ltd. take over the running of the distillery.

1929

1929

A fire causes extensive damage to the distillery, though workers fight it using a horse drawn fire engine from 1862.

1930

1930

The fire marks the end of the Glenlossie-Glenlivet distillery company, and the distillery becomes part of the Scottish Malt Distillers.

1939

1939

The Second World War halts production.

1950

1950

A new warehouse is added, marking the first of many large scale improvements which will see the distillery’s capacity grow over 20 years.

1971

1971

Mannochmore is built on the same site as Glenlossie, and workers oscillate between the two.