Ross’s of Edinburgh is the trading name of the family business of James Ross & Son (Edinburgh) Ltd, Manufacturing Confectioners.


The business was started by James Ross in a small shop, near the University of Edinburgh, in 1880. After coming back from the 1914/18 war the founder’s son, Andrew Ross, joined his father and the business slowly expanded and started supplying other shops mainly with Scotch Tablet and similar products. During the 1939/45 war production changed and in response to rationing longer lasting high boiled sweets were introduced.


Dr James Ross, the founder’s grandson, joined the firm in 1948 and the business continued to expand. “Puff Candy” was introduced and became a top seller. At this time our famous “yellow” box of “Edinburgh Castle Rock” was introduced for the first Edinburgh International Festival.


The current Chairman and Managing Director is Graham Ross, the founder’s great-grandson. He joined the firm in 1975 just before the factory moved to its present site at Loanhead, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. There are approximately 20 employees, many with long service records.


We have concentrated on typically Scottish Confectionery. Our best known product is “Edinburgh Castle Rock”, a soft eating rock in various flavours, sold primarily to tourists and visitors to Scotland. This is supported by a wide range of boilings, fudges and toffees in gift tins and boxes. Children’s’ lines include Edinburgh Rock sticks, Rhubarb Rock and other assorted flavoured rocks.


Another popular product is our soft white “After Dinner Mints” (non-chocolate) sold in retail gift packs and jars, prepack bags and in bulk to the hotel, restaurant and conference trade.


The acquisition of another Scottish company added Mint Imperials (Pan Drops), Butternuts, Sugar Pebbles and Clyde Tofymints to our range. We also supply lozenges – Mixed & Cinnamon Oddfellows and Aromatics.


In addition to our own production, we wholesale a number of complimentary products, Paterson Arran’s Shortbread and Mustards, Duncan’s Chocolate, Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake, Scott’s preserves and Campbell’s Shortbread Tartan range.


Our representatives and agents call on customers throughout the UK mainland and the office at Loanhead handles export, to a number of countries around the world.


Orders can be placed with our representatives and agents or direct to our sales office by telephone, fax, post or email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.