Records of John Gourlay, distillers, Port Dundas, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Production records, 1821–1824.

Administrative / Biographical History

The partnership of Brown, Gourlay & Co , distillers, of Glasgow, Scotland began trading in 1813  . The partnership was dissolved in 1818  and the business continued, but under the name of John Gourlay & Co . In 1833 John Gourlay snr left the partnership and John Gourlay jnr left three years later in 1835  . When Robert Gourlay died in 1841  the partnership was once more dissolved, although business carried on under the same name. In John Gourlay & Co 1877  amalgamated with M MacFarlane & Co , who were the other major distiller in Port Dundas, Glasgow . Together they became part of the Distillers Company Ltd , Edinburgh, Scotland , that same year. The Distillery was badly damaged by fire in 1903  , but was quickly rebuilt. In 1966  the business transferred to Scottish Grain Distillers Ltd , Edinburgh , and rebuilding was carried out from the mid–1960s. Source:


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Custodial History

The collection was previously stored with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot–Watt University. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Related Material

GB 800001 NRA(S)2786: Records of Distillers Company Ltd (private collection, enquiries to National Archives for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland)

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Moss, Michael S and Hume, John R, The Making of Scotch Whisky: A History of the Scotch Whisky Distilling Industry , (Edinburgh: James & James, 1981).

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 31 October 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 14 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 18 April 2002.