Pride of Perth: The Story of Arthur Bell & Sons Scotch Whisky Distillers - Jack HouseCentury Benham, 1986, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
A Later Printing. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Pride of Perth is not just the history of an organization but of a unique relationship between a company and a city, in which the prosperity of the one has contributed to that of the other in an unprecedented way. Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd was established in Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland, in the year 1825, where its founder, T. R. Sandeman, opened a humble whisky merchant’s shop. Now the company’s sales exceed five million cases annually, a figure that increases year by year. In the story of the company’s remarkable success four men stand out: Arthur Bell, the archetypal Victorian industrialist; his son, the vigorous humanitarian Arthur Kinmond Bell; the strong, colourful William Govan Farquharson; and the dynamic, resourceful Raymond Miquel. Bell’s story is, however, not just an example of private enterprise at its best but one of public benefaction as well. In 1937, Arthur Kinmond Bell founded the Gannochy Trust. He set aside a certain amount of his income to provide work and housing for the people of Perth during the Depression. As the Company itself thrived, so did the Trust, and it still has a large holding in the equity of Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd. Pride of Perth is the story of a company whose performance is an investor’s dream, and a tale of human enterprise which Jack House relates with warmth and humour which make it highly readable.”