North  British Distillery

Cooperage at Muirhall, near West Calder


North British Distillery, Cooperage at West Calder  -  1995

  Peter Stubbs                                                                                                      Photo taken April 25, 1995


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   North British Distillery, Cooperage at West Calder  -  1995


North  British Distillery  -  Cooperage


This is one of the photos I took as part of a project to document people at work in and around Edinburgh.

This photo was taken at North British Distillery's cooperage at West Calder in April 1995. 

The photo shows a couple of the cooper's tools and a piece of chalk lying on top of a barrel.

Lettering on the Barrels

Here are the ink and tools that were used to add lettering to barrel tops:

North British Distillery, Cooperage, West Calder  -  1995

I believe that soon after this photo was taken this process of numbering the barrels was discontinued and that the barrels are now 'bar-coded' instead.


Here is another barrel, also with a blue top but this one has a yellow surround.  I don't know what system was used to decide on the colours of the barrel tops and surrounds.

North British Distillery, Cooperage at West Calder  -  1995


Some of the casks are owned by customers.  The different colours enable them to easily identify their own casks.

More Photos

Here are more photos taken at NB Distillery at Gorgie and at NB Distillery's cooperage at West Calder, West Lothian in the 1990s.



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