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

GB 1127 LJI.
Records of Long John International Ltd, distillers, Glasgow, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
0.30 metres.
There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Held at:
Scottish Brewing Archive.
Name of Creator:
Long John International Ltd (distillers: Glasgow, Scotland) and related companies.
Level of Description:
  • Revised by Iain Russell, SBA Archivist, 10 May 2007
Published by:
Scottish Brewing Archive, 10 May 2007.

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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 1127 LAP: Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd).

In 1975 Long John International was acquired by Whitbread & Co Ltd. The company sold its Scotch whisky brands and distilleries to Allied–Lyons Ltd in 1990.

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

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Scope and Content

  • Annual reports, 1971–1974
  • Historical notes and related correspondence
  • Promotional material, 1940s–1990
  • Press cuttings, 1950–1990
  • Photographs: Glenugie Distillery, c.1937–1982; Strathclyde Distillery, 1927–1990; Tormore Distillery, 1960–1990; Westthorne Complex, 1960s–1990; Long John (brand images), 1960s–1990
System of Arrangement:
The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Gifted by Whitbread & Co Ltd.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1127 procedures.
None expected.
Access Conditions:

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Copyright / Reproduction:
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Scottish Brewing Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.
Existence of Copies:
No known copies.
This material is original.
Finding Aids:
File level list available in searchroom.
Related Units of Description:
GB 1127 LAP: Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd
GB 248 UGD 306/1/34: Records of D Johnston & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd
Publication Note:
No known publications using this material.

Fonds–Level Description Compilation Details

Fonds–level description compiled by Iain Russell, Scottish Brewing Archive Archivist, 10 May 2007.

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