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William Cadenhead

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Wine and spirit merchants, 9 Bolgam Street, Campbeltown PA28 6HZ

1842 The business was established in Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen by George Duncan. He was joined by his brother-in-law William Cadenhead, who took over the firm in 1858, thereafter trading under his own name.

1904 After William Cadenhead's death, he was succeeded by his nephew Robert W. Duthie. Under him the firm developed its specialism in single malt whisky and rum.

1931 Robert Duthie died in an accident. Thereafter the business continued under its own momentum until it was recognised that it was no longer viable.

1972 There was a massive sale of the firm's stocks in October. The Campbeltown firm of J. and A. Mitchell, proprietors of the Springbank Distillery, bought the goodwill and registered a subsidiary company, William Cadenhead Limited, which was thereafter based in Campbeltown.

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