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Scapa Distillery

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Whisky distillers, Kirkwall, Orkney

1885 The distillery was established by Macfarlane and Townsend

1898 The New Convalmore-Glenlivet and Scapa Distilleries Limited was incorporated to take over two distilleries at Banff and in Orkney, but the company appears to have been struck off a year later

1903 Slater's Directory shows J.T. Townsend and Company as operators of the distillery

1919 The Scapa Distillery Limited was incorporated to acquire the business

1934 The company went into voluntary liquidation

1936 Bloch Brothers, later Bloch Bros (Distillers) Limited, of Glasgow acquired the distillery and resumed production

1954 Canadian drinks giant Hiram Walker acquired the distillery when it took over Bloch Bros

1987 Beginning with the purchase of Hiram Walker by Allied Lyons (later Allied Domecq), the Scapa distillery passed eventually into the hands of Pernod Ricard (in 2005).

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The Saturday Review 4 June 1898
  • Edinburgh Gazette 14 July 1899
  • Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland 1903
  • Edinburgh Gazette March 9 1934
  • National Records of Scotland BT2/3889
  • National Records of Scotland BT2/10735
  • Alfred Barnard "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" (1887)