Records of Long John International Ltd, distillers, Glasgow, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Annual reports, 1971–1974;
  • Historical notes and related correspondence;
  • Promotional material, 1940s–1990;
  • Press cuttings, 1950–1990;
  • Photographs: Glenugie Distillery, c1937–1982; Strathclyde Distillery, 1927–1990; Tormore Distillery, 1960–1990; Westthorne Complex, 1960s–1990; Long John (brand images), 1960s–1990.

Administrative / Biographical History

Long John Distilleries Ltd was formed in  1927  as a subsidiary of the drinks company  Seager Evans , to operate the latter's Scotch whisky distilling business. The company was renamed  Long John International Ltd in  1971  . Long John was the name of a famous whisky brand. The company also operated the Glenugie Distillery near  Peterhead , which existed in a variety of forms from  1831  until its closure in  1982  ; the Strathclyde Distillery in  Glasgow , which was opened in  1927  and rebuilt  1973–1978  ; the Ben Nevis Distillery (purchased in  1980  ); Tormore Distillery, which opened in  1960  , and the blending, bottling and warehousing complex at  Westthorn Farm, Glasgow , which was developed from  1955  . The company also operated the Laphroaig Distillery on  Islay (see GB 0248 LAP: Records of  D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd ). In  Long John International 1975  was acquired by  Whitbread & Co Ltd . The company sold its Scotch whisky brands and distilleries to  Allied–Lyons Ltd in  1990  .

Source:  Craig, Charles, The Scotch Whisky Industry Record , (Index Publishing Ltd, Dumbarton, 1994).


The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

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.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

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. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected.

Related Material

GB 0248 LAP: Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig); Ltd GB 0248 UGD 306/1/34: Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material.

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 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. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 21 January 2014.

Geographical Names