The Magical History of the Great Brora Distillery
    Ainslie & Co has important financial difficulties, and the company is dissolved. The Edinburgh Gazette announces, on October 15th, the retirement of both James and Thomas Ainslie. John Risk remains the sole partner for a while, until he transfers the shares of James and Thomas Ainslie to The Distillers Company Limited (DCL). Both parties register the Clynelish Distillery Company, Limited, on December 18th.  

The capital is of £20,000, divided into 2000 shares of £10, held in equal proportions by John Risk and D.C.L. To be even more precise, the first board of directors included John Risk himself, as well as William H. Ross and John A. Seatter, the latter being the Secretary, according to the DCL Gazette, July 1934.

    Ainslie & Co's remains will be amalgated in 1913 with Walter Baillie & Sons, Robertson Brothers and John Gillon & Co to form Ainslie, Baillie & Co Ltd.

      Together with John Walker & Sons, Limited, Kilmarnock (of Johnnie Walker fame), the Clynelish Distillery Company buys Coleburn distillery from John Robertson & Son, Ltd., Dundee. The capital is raised to £30,000, John Walker & Sons taking up the additional shares. The latter move hasn’t been effective until 1919, in fact, because of wartime treasury measures. Sir Alexander Walker enters the Board, representing John Walker & Sons.

    Ainslie, Baillie & Co Ltd is liquidated in 1921 on the retirement of Robert Ainslie (son of the original James Ainslie) and passes into the hands of Sir James Calder who had acquired another whisky merchant firm, David Heilbron & Son, who dated back to 1827. These two companies are merged with Colville Greenlees & Co Ltd, to become Ainslie & Heilbron (Distillers) Ltd.

    The new company will go on distributing the brands of all former companies (see the labels to come...)

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