- Correspondence, 1836–2001;
- Family papers, 1836;
- Historical notes, 1826–2001;
- Minutes of Directors' Meetings and AGMs, 1896–1978;
- Patents and Trademarks records, 1935;
- Photographs, 1880s–2001;
- Promotional material, 1910s–1990s.
Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroig) Ltd, distillers, Port Ellen, Scotland
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Laphroaig Distillery was founded c1826 by Donald Johnston and Alexander Johnston and was operated by Donald alone after Alexander withdrew from the business in 1836 . After Donald's death in 1847 the distillery was leased to Alexander Graham , and from 1856 operated by members of the Johnston family under the company name Dugald Johnston & Co. In 1950 the proprietor Ian Hunter formed a limited company, D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd , to acquire the firm. Four years later he bequeathed his controlling stake in the business to his company secretary Elizabeth Leitch Williamson (commonly known as Bessie). Bessie, took the name Campbell after her marriage in 1961 , sold the business to the drinks company Seager Evans during the 1960s , and it was operated by the firm's whisky division, Long John Distillers Ltd (subsequently Long John International Ltd ). In Long John International 1975 , and with it D Johnston & Co , was acquired by Whitbread & Co Ltd . Whitbread sold the distillery to Allied–Lyons plc in 1990 , and it was acquired by Fortune Brands in 2005 .
The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.
Conditions Governing Access
Gifted by Whitbread & Co Ltd.
Other Finding Aids
File level list available in searchroom.
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
No physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.
The collection was previously stored by Whitbread & Co plc at their headquarters in London. It was gifted to the Scottish Brewing Archive in September 2001. It was removed to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.
Location of Originals
This material is original
Craig, Charles, The Scotch Whisky Industry Record , (Index Publishing Ltd, Dumbarton, 1994).
No known publications using this material.
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 Iain Russell, Scottish Brewing Archive Archivist, 10 May 2007. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 29 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Iain Russell, Scottish Brewing Archive Archivist, 10 May 2007.