Traquair House situated 7 miles from Peebles was originally owned by the kings of Scotland. It later became the home of the Earls of Traquair and is still lived in by their decendants, the Maxwell Stuart family. It is well known as the oldest inhabited and most romantic house in Scotland.
radition claims that the house was first known as a heather hut, about 950, deep in the Forest of Ettrick. When King Alexander I stayed here and granted a charter from Traquair in 1107 it must have already been a substantial building. His stay was the first of many by the Scottish Kings throughout the middle ages when it assumed the importance of a Royal Residence.
Traquair House brewery was founded in 1965 by Peter Maxwell Stuart, 20th Laird of Traquair.
The brewery currently produces around 600 barrels per annum. (200,000 bottles and the remainder draught) Brewing takes place all year round with the exception of August. The brewery has recently expanded its capacity and hopes to increase its production further in 1997/8.