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William Kerr’s Borders Gin

Made with malted Borders barley, using our own site water, this is a gin rooted in truth and authenticity.

Local heritage

William Kerr’s Borders Gin is 100% made in Scotland, hand crafted at and by The Borders Distillery, from barley to bottle.

As the first distillery in the Borders since 1837, we are dedicated to capturing the spirit of the local area.

Our hometown, Hawick, has a famous history of manufacturing, where cashmere is king and where tweed was invented. The distillery is in a landmark building in the centre of town, making us both familiar and new. There is a spirit of industry and enterprise here that inspires us in all that we do.

William Kerr

William Kerr (1779-1814) was a native of Hawick in the Scottish Borders and became a gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London. In 1804 he was sent to Asia where his work and exploits gained him his reputation as an accomplished plant collector.

Kerr sent back to Britain 238 plants new to European gardeners and to science, including the vigorous shrub named in his honour, the Kerria.

He arrived in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1812 to manage gardens on Slave Island and at King’s House. Kerr remained there until his death in 1814.

This gin in his name, made entirely at The Borders Distillery in Hawick, celebrates the man’s courage and sense of adventure, not to mention the innate explorer in us all.


As an accomplished botanist, we think William Kerr would have quietly approved of the Carter Head still at The Borders Distillery.

Its special feature is a copper basket that suspends the botanicals in the vapour of the original spirit.

This gentle steaming captures the subtle aromas and complex flavours of juniper berries, herbs, roots, flowers and spices gathered from near and far.

The result is a classic gin of outstanding depth and taste, best served with quality tonic and garnished with orange.

Upcoming Events

The Gin To My Tonic – Glasgow – 15th-17th March 2019

Gin Live – London – 29th-30th March 2019

Imbibe Live – London – 1st-2nd July 2019