The John Crabbie
& Co. Story

Company Archives

John Crabbie and his family have a long and fascinating history. At one time, they owned substantial amounts of property in Leith, sourcing, producing and exporting their products all over the world. Documents from their business – including detailed recipes, product information, export records, early labels and marketing literature have all been meticulously preserved. Here we explore their story.

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John Crabbie

John Crabbie had a true passion for Scotch Whisky. Only the very finest single malts were good enough for his Crabbie whisky brand, a philosophy and standard we are still guided by today.

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The Jacobite connection

Few events in Scottish history are remembered with as much emotion as the Jacobite uprising and the resulting slaughter of the Jacobite army at the Battle of Culloden – and John Crabbie can trace a direct link to that battle in 1745.

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Leith History And Brand Origin

Leith, which lies to the North of Edinburgh on the southern side of the Firth of Forth, established itself as Edinburgh’s commercial port and Scotland’s gateway to an exciting and ever-expanding new world. It was also the home of John Crabbie as it was an ideal location for the business as the British Empire grew and import and export thrived.

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