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Whisky distillers of Kilmarnock
1820 John Walker, an Ayrshire farmer's son, started the business.
1852 the entire business was washed away by a cloud burst but John Walker restarted it
The business used advertising shrewdly and made contacts abroad in days when such methods were novel.
1886 a private limited company was formed with John Walker's son and grandsons on the Board.
1908 the Johnnie Walker figure was designed by Tom Browne, inspired by the silhouette of the founder John Walker.
1925 a public limited company was formed under the title John Walker and Sons Ltd.
1980. Part of Distillers Co