Wm Cadenhead Ltd. (J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.), William Cadenhead Distillery, Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland, UK.
The company was
founded in Aberdeen (its administrative office is still there) by George Duncan
in 1842 and started out as importers, bottlers and wholesalers. Poet and
Brother-in-law William Cadenhead joined the business in 1852 and he acquired
the company (renaming it after himself), when George Duncan died in 1858.
William Cadenhead died in 1904 and was succeeded by his nephew Robert Duthie,
who developed the business into producers of Whisky and Rum. Robert Duthie was
a bachelor and when he died in 1931 the business was passed to his two sisters.
They entrusted the business to a long-term employee, Ann Oliver, who
unfortunately was a poor overall manager and the business slowly declined.
In 1972 the business faced liquidation and sold off most of it’s stock, the biggest wine and spirits sale ever held in Great Britain, to cover its liabilities. The premises, equipments, brands etc. were sold to J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd., owners of one of Scotland's oldest distilleries, Springbank Distillery. Mitchell’s had the company incorporated and kept the William Cadenhead name.