Sites and Monument Record: Bankier Distillery (SMR 474)

Description
Demolished c1988. Only part of the cobbled street to the canal can now be seen.
Alfred Barnard provides an extensive description of the works in 1885. At that time this included the works own gas works.
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Site history notes
Bankier Corn Mill was converted into a whisky distillery in 1828 by Daniel Mcfarlane of Paisley. He operated it until it was acquired by John Aitken who ran it as the Bankier Distillery Co. When Alfred Barnard visited it in 1885 it was owned by James Risk. Barnard tell us that the Doups Burn not only drove the overshot water wheels but also supplied water for manufacturing the whisky. After a lengthy court case John Young & Co were found guilty of changing the chemical makeup of the stream by pumping water into it from one of their coal mines. James Buchanan & Co Ltd bought the distillery in 1903 before it passed to the Distillers Co Ltd in 1925. It ceased making whisky in 1929, but continued in use as maltings until the 1950s, when it became a bonded warehouse.
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NS 778 789
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