Robert and John Cockburn found Cockburns of Leith

First premises and warehouse on Duke Street, Leith. The warehouse stands to this day.


Robert Cockburn establishes Cockburns Port.

Robert returns to Portugal after first visiting the country as a soldier fighting under Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. The brand he founded continues today as Cockburns Port.


Cockburns of Leith open premises at the Foot of the Walk, Leith


Customers include Sir Walter Scott and his wife Charlotte Carpenter; the Marquess of Ely; and the Earl of Minto


Cockburns of Leith receives a Royal Warrant for supplying wine and spirits to George IV on his visit to Edinburgh – the first of any British monarch in nearly two hundred years.


John and Robert Cockburn part ways

Robert continues with Cockburns of Leith and John is part of establishing Cockburns and Campbell, a fellow wine and spirits merchant Robert’s two sons, Archibald and Alexander, manage Cockburns Port from London while Robert remains in Edinburgh to manage Cockburns of Leith


Robert Cockburn dies, leaving the firm to pass to private hands


Cockburns of Leith moves from Duke Street to bigger dwellings on Constitution Street, Leith


Cockburns of Leith has set up shop at 83 St George’s Place, Glasgow, 2 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, and 8 Lime Street, London – the latter two remain as its headquarters until the mid twentieth century Cockburns also maintains an overseas branch in Punjab, India


Cockburns of Leith continues to maintain these two headquarters in Edinburgh and London where it plays a leading role in wine and spirit commercial life. From there, it continues to ship wine and spirits across the British Empire


Seagrams acquires Cockburns of Leith from private hands


Drambuie acquires Cockburns of Leith from Seagrams


Cockburns of Leith maintains premises at 1 Melville Place in Edinburgh’s New Town where it hosts regular supper clubs


Wine Company (Scotland) acquires Cockburns of Leith from Drambuie


Cockburns of Leith merges with fellow Edinburgh wine merchant, JE Hogg of Cumberland Street


A management buyout of Cockburns of Leith takes the company back into independent hands


Murray Capital acquires Cockburns of Leith


Cockburns of Leith re-opens its first premises in Edinburgh to the public for over 40 years


Warmly welcomed to the local Edinburgh community and across the UK. Cockburns of Leith were delighted to receive Decanter Retailer Awards ” Best Regional Wine Shop Scotland 2023″. Our Founder’s Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky was a Finalist in the Scottish Whisky Awards 2023 “Best Blended Scotch Category.