Records from the central office of Highland Distillers Co plc, whisky distillers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1887-1994
  • Board and legal papers including agreements and legal papers relating to amalgamations and individual distilleries 1882-1972
  • Insurance scheme records 1889-1950
  • Directors reports and statements of accounts 1905-1986
  • Signed balance sheets profit and loss accounts 1949-1973
  • Working account papers and trial balances 1963-1977
  • Annual returns 1932-1978
  • Register of members c1900-1947
  • Shareholder and stock records 1887, 1925-1932
  • Ledgers 1914-1962
  • Journals 1909-1967
  • Cash books 1957-1966
  • Warehouse ledgers 1941-1968
  • Order books 1903-1960
  • Whisky stock records 1887-1961
  • Purchase and barley records 1934-1964
  • Correspondence 1882-1974
  • Press cuttings 1885-1981
  • Photographs c1890-c1970

Administrative / Biographical History

Highland Distilleries Co Ltd was formed in 1887 through the merger of the Islay Distillery Co Ltd, owners of the Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, and William Grant & Co, owners of the Glenrothes-Glenlivit Distillery, Rothes, Moray, Scotland. The central offices of the company were shared with Robertson & Baxter, whisky merchants, at 48 West Nile St, Glasgow, Scotland. Robertson & Baxter was a major client of the company, purchasing stock for blending and in later years undertaking marketing of Highland Distilleries products.

The central offices were responsible for co-ordinating the work of the distilleries owned by Highland Distilleries Co Ltd, including the Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, Argyll & Bute; the Glenglassaugh Distillery, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; the Glenrothes-Glenlivet Distillery, Rothes, Moray, Scotland; and the Tamdhu-Glenlivet Distillery, Knockando, Moray.

In 1992, Highland Distilleries Co Ltd became a public limited company, Highland Distilleries Co plc, changing to Highland Distillers Ltd in 1998 and Highland Distillers Group Ltd in 2001. In 1999, the company had been acquired by Edrington Group Ltd, the successor company of Robertson & Baxter Ltd and by 2001 the Highland Distillers offices had moved to Perth, Scotland.


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 217/1/1 Records of Islay Distillery Co Ltd

GB 248 UGD 217/1/2 Records of James Grant & Co

GB 248 UGD 218 Records of Bunnahabhain Distillery

GB 248 UGD 220 Records of Glenrothes-Glenlivet Distillery

GB 248 UGD 221 Records of Tamdhu-Glenlivet Distillery

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