Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd, distillers and ale and beer merchants, Strathclyde, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and Articles of Association 1942, 1950
  • Bond books 1919-1967
  • Cash books 1884-1929
  • Wage books 1906-1928
  • Sales and purchase day books 1921-1939
  • Valuation and stock 1884-1950
  • Invoice books 1918-1939
  • Despatch books 1913-1942
  • Womens pay book 1859-1878
  • Insurance documents 1885-1941
  • Records pertaining to Alexander and Isabella Johnston 1887-1922
  • Distillery records 1887-1967
  • Letterbooks 1908-1935
  • Correspondence 1840-1980
  • Public relations records 1939-1980
  • Photographs 1886-1987
  • Plans, maps and drawings 1913-1980
  • Laphroaig Whisky labels undated

Administrative / Biographical History

D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd was originally founded c1820 by Donald and Alex Johnston when Laphroaig distillery on Islay, Scotland was established. It was run by members of the Johnston family after the deaths of Donald and Alex, under the name of Dugald Johnston & Co, acting as distillers and ale and beer merchants. It was then inherited by Bessie Williamson in 1954, before being acquired by Long John Distilleries Ltd from 1962-1967. Long John was part of the Seager Group, under Seager Evans and Co Ltd who were taken over by Schenley Industries Inc in 1956 and its Scottish distilleries were transferred to Strathclyde and Long John Distilleries, which then became Long John Distillers Ltd. Seager Evans, reconstituted as Long John International in 1970, was purchased by Whitbread and Co Ltd in 1975. The Whitbread spirits division was then purchased by Allied Distillers Ltd in 1989. D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd is still in existence today.


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Allied Distillers : 1992-1996

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