The History Of Oban
A year after forming their brewing company, Hugh and John Stevenson, local merchants and entrepreneurs, begin distilling at Oban.
A son, Thomas Stevenson, returns from Buenos Aires to begin his association with the distillery.
Thomas’ father Hugh dies a year after being elected the second Provost of Oban.
Thomas buys up the remaining shares in the Oban Brewery Company.
After years of poor financial decisions made by his father, Hugh’s Grandson John Stevenson buys the distillery
Death in the family prompts the sale of the distillery to local merchant Peter Cumstie.
The railway arrives in Oban, bringing more commerce and tourism to a town which has largely grown up around the distillery
J. Walter Higgin buys Oban, and production continues. In an early advert he declares it “The Finest Sma’ Still Whisky in the Highlands.”
Fire breaks out in a number of buildings in the distillery, slowing production.
Higgin sets about rebuilding the distillery to his own standards. The builders uncover a long-sealed cave while making alterations, discovering Mesolithic remains behind the distillery.
Higgin sells Oban at the height of the whisky boom to a consortium.
Despite the crash that followed the boom, Oban’s production continues.
Scottish Malt Distillers buy Oban.
The stills are converted to mechanical stoking.
The distillery’s position at the centre of town looks like it might hamper expansion, and Oban is slated for closure.
A new stillhouse is built, saving the distillery from closure.