John Haig

1802 - 1878

Distiller. Born in Cameron Bridge (Fife) into a distilling family. His grandfather was also John Haig (1720-73) and his grandmother Margaret Stein, a union that brought the Haigs into a successful whisky business. The younger John built Cameronbridge Distillery and, four years later, installed a continuous still that had been invented by his cousin Robert Stein (1770 - 1854), which allowed the distillery to produce large amounts of spirit with great efficiency. John Haig & Company Ltd. was one of the original group of distillers that came together as the Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL) in 1877. That company eventually became part of Diageo plc which still owns Cameronbridge Distillery today. Haig died in Edinburgh but lies buried in Northhall Cemetery, Markinch. One of his sons was Field Marshal Douglas Haig (1861 - 1928), ennobled as Earl Haig of Bemersyde.

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