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The History Of Royal Lochnagar

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 Royal Lochnagar timeline.

1826

1826

James Robertson builds Lochnagar on the north side of the river Dee, near the Lochnagar mountain.

1841

1841

Lochnagar is burned to the ground, a blaze thought to have been started by Robertson’s illicit competitors.

1845

1845

John Begg builds his New Lochnagar on the south side of the river.

 

1848

1848

Queen Victoria visits Balmoral and pops across to the distillery for a visit, at the invitation of Begg. Suitably impressed, she issues a Royal Warrant, allowing the distillery to add Royal to its name.

 

1880

1880

John Begg passes away after nearly four decades at the helm. His son Henry takes over for a while.

1896

1896

After a slightly shorter run than his father, Henry passes away and leaves Lochnagar to his children.

1906

1906

The distillery complex is rebuilt.

 

1940

1940

The distillery closes due to the outbreak of war.

1963

1963


The distillery is reconstructed, with new mashtun, washbacks and stills, though it still retains its beautiful traditional features.