Records of William Teacher and Sons Ltd, distillers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute books 1933-1965
  • Ledgers 1890-1980
  • Journals 1882-1986
  • Accounts and balances (incomplete) 1899-1988
  • Cash books 1923-1978
  • Corporate records 1923-1985
  • Records of shops and premises 1853-1985
  • Stock and stocktaking records (incomplete) 1896-1978
  • Employee and wages records (incomplete) 1885-1974
  • Records about pensions 1950-1979
  • Tax records 1948-1974 (incomplete)
  • Correspondence and letterbooks 1898-1980
  • Notebooks 1887-1961
  • Order and export records 1925-1971
  • Warehouse and distillery records 1893-1980
  • Label books 1913-1984
  • Acquisitions and merger records 1972-1983
  • Marketing and public relations records 1893-1990
  • Presscuttings 1898-1982
  • Photographs and illustrations c1850-1990s
  • Plans and specifications of buildings and products 1900-1982
  • Samples of merchandise and packaging 1955-1991

Administrative / Biographical History

William Teacher entered the grocery and spirits business in 1830  and acquired his first licence in his own name in 1836 for premises at 50 Cheapside St, Glasgow. By 1864 the company was in the wholesale business with headquarters in St Enoch Square, Glasgow. In 1876  Donald McDonald Teacher established the London end of the business as Wylie Teacher & Co. In 1884 the Teacher's Highland Cream label was registered and in 1886  their Manchester Office was established. By 1903 there were 16 countries on the Teacher's export list and by 1937 they were the market leaders in the USA. In 1948 Teacher (Distillers) Ltd floated as a public company. In 1988  the interests of Teachers, George Ballantine & Son, Stewart and Son of Dundee and Hiram Walker & Sons (Scotland) were brought together to form Allied Distillers Limited, a subsidiary of the company known since 1994  as Allied Domecq plc.

Source: Cousins, G EAFamily of SpiritWilliam Teacher & Sons ( 1975  )


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Compiled by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 22 April 2004

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