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Issue 121 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 121
July 2014


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Do you have any information on the history of the Glasgow-based distiller Bulloch Lade & Co, specifically from the late 19th and early 20th centuries? My great-great-grandfather, Robert Sutherland, worked his way up through the company, starting as a saddler in the 1860s (according to family legend) and ending as Chairman in the 1890s. I would be interested in knowing how successful the company became and whether it is possible to buy a bottle or any company merchandise dating from that era?
J Strachan

What a wonderful family connection to the whisky industry. The merger of Bulloch & Co. with D. Lade & Co. in the mid-1850s formed Bulloch Lade & Co. Ltd. The business had adjacent offices on Dunlop Street in Glasgow. Archibald and Matthew Bulloch owned Camlachie Distillery (1834-1920), later known as Whitevale distillery, becoming Loch Katrine distillery in 1870 (sometimes known as the Adelphi distillery). Their family had operated Duntocher distillery as early as 1817. Bulloch Lade & Co. Ltd built Benmore Distillery in Campbeltown in 1868 (closed 1927). Caol Ila (1846-present) is the distillery most closely associated with the company in the minds of whisky enthusiasts. They acquired the Islay distillery in 1863, undertaking rebuilding in 1879 until the company went bankrupt, going into liquidation in 1920 and it was sold. The Distillers Company Limited took over the company in the 1920s, but the Bulloch company name was retained and still appeared on later bottles. In 189...

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