Records of Hay & Macleod Ltd, Glasgow

Scope and Content

  • Financial records, 1950-1975

Administrative / Biographical History

Hay & Macleod Ltd (company number: SC093693) were Glasgow based whisky brokers established in 1942. Together with another broker, W & S Strong Ltd, Glasgow, they identified a gap in the market for a new malt whisky and began looking for a suitable location to build a new distillery. They chose Speyside and being impressed by the quality of the spring water at Tomintoul, selected a site near the Ballantruan Spring, on the east of the River Avon. The Tomintoul-Glenlivet distillery, built in 1964-1965 was the first distillery to be financed entirely by Scottish capital.

In 1973 Hay & MacLeod Ltd along with W & S Strong Ltd, Tomintoul Glenlivet Distillery Ltd and Fettercairn Distillery Ltd, which had been bought by Tomintoul in 1971, was acquired by SUITS (Scottish and Universal Investments Trust Ltd), the owners of whisky blenders Whyte & Mackay Ltd. Hay & MacLeod was again incorporated as a limited company in 1985 and as of present day is an active, non-trading company under Whyte & Mackay Ltd.

  • Sources:
  • Moss, Michael and Turton, Alison, The History of Whyte and Mackay, c1987 (unpublished manuscript, UGD358/1/1)
  • Moss, Michael, and John Hume, The Making of Scotch Whisky (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2000)
  •[accessed 16 April 2020]


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Acquisition Information

  • Transfer : Whyte & Mackay Ltd : 27 Mar 2020 : GB 248 UGD 224
  • Deposit : Whyte & Mackay Ltd : 14 Dec 2015 : ACCN 4004
  • Deposit : Whyte & Mackay Ltd: Sept 2019 : ACCN 4304

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Related Material

  • GB 248 UGC 234: Records of Whyte & Mackay Ltd;
  • GB 248 UGC 237: Records of The Tomintoul Glenlivet Distillery Ltd;
  • GB 248 UGC 236: Records of Fettercairn Distillery Ltd;
  • GB 248 UGC 249: Records of Campbell Maclean & Co Ltd.

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