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Hill Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Hill, Thomson and Co. begins with William Hill who, in 1793 opened a grocer in Edinburgh, though by 1799 it was so successful that he moved it to a larger site on Frederick Street, where it was to remain for over 200 years.

His eldest son, William Jr, joined the company in 1815, and his brother Robert joined after the death of their father in 1818. The two changed the name of the company to William and Robert Hill. After William and Robert died in 1837, the third brother, George took over, and he renamed the company after himself and it became George Hill and Co. It was only the year after that the company was awarded a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.

1857 saw George partner with William Thompson, and the company changed its name yet again to Hill, Thompson & Co. Ltd. - you’ll be pleased to know this was the last time the brand name was changed. It was also during this period that the company began to blend and bottle its own whiskies.

Salesman William Shaw joined the brand in 1977, and in 1902 he established the flagship whisky, Queen Anne blend, and for this success he was appointed chairman of the company. Because of this, when Shaw’s sons returned from the war they became partners and eventually arranged a merger to form The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.

In 1977, The Glenlivet Distillers was bought by Seagram and was eventually acquired by Pernod Ricard.

Something Special - 1970s

100cl, 43%

An antique bottling of blended Scotch whisky, specifically Hill Thomson & Co.'s Something Special De Luxe, dating from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Something Special - 1970s
$121.27

Queen Anne - 1970s

A 1970s bottling of Queen Anne blended Scotch whisky. Sadly, the years have not been kind to this Queen Anne, as the label has been torn (as you can see in the image). Still remains a rare…  More info

Queen Anne - 1970s
$121.27

Queen Anne Rare (1.69L) - 1960s

169cl, 40%

A large bottle of Queen Anne Scotch Whisky that wouldn't look out of place behind a bar, which was named after Queen of Great Britain and Ireland (as she was known when England and Scotland were…  More info

Queen Anne Rare (1.69L) - 1960s
$491.15

Something Special De Luxe - 1960s

Very rare, collectable and just generally handsome, this is a 1960s bottling of Something Special De Luxe blended Scotch whisky, along with its presentation box and a stopper. This bottle was part…  More info

Something Special De Luxe - 1960s

Queen Anne Rare 43% - 1970s

75cl, 43%

Named after Queen Anne of Great Britain and Ireland, who was in power in 1707 when England and Scotland were united as a single sovereign state. This bottle of Queen Anne Blended Scotch Whisky is a…  More info

Queen Anne Rare 43% - 1970s
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Something Special - 1980s

75cl, 43%

This is something special indeed - a 1980s bottling of Something Special blended Scotch whisky! A hamdsome collectable for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Something Special - 1980s

Something Special De Luxe (Gold Box) - 1960s

70cl, 40%

This is a collectible piece for whisky enthusiasts - a bottle of Something Special De Luxe that we believe dates all the way back to the 1960s! It even comes with its original presentation box, which…  More info

Something Special De Luxe (Gold Box) - 1960s

Something Special De Luxe (No Box) - 1960s

Rare, collectible and very special indeed - this is a bottle of Something Special blended Scotch whisky, which we think was produced in the 1960s. Unfortunately, the label has suffered some damage…  More info

Something Special De Luxe (No Box) - 1960s

Queen Anne Rare 1l - 1980s

100cl, 40%

A one litre bottling of blended Scotch whisky named after the monarch of England and Scotland when the two kingdoms became a single sovereign state in 1707. This bottling is thought to date from the…  More info

Queen Anne Rare 1l - 1980s
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Something Special De Luxe Scotch Whisky - 1936-52

75cl, 0%

Looking for something special? Well you've only gone and found it! Indeed, this is Something Special blended Scotch whisky, but this bottle is extra special as it was made years upon years ago, some…  More info

Something Special De Luxe Scotch Whisky - 1936-52

Old Gentry London Dry Gin - 1960s

70cl, 47%

Hill Thomson & Co. might be better known for their Queen Anne Blended Scotch Whisky, but they were also a dab hand at making gin in the 1960s, as evident from this antique bottle of their Old Gentry…  More info

Old Gentry London Dry Gin - 1960s
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Queen Anne Rare - 1970s

75cl, 40%

A rare old bottle of Queen Anne blended Scotch whisky from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!  More info

Queen Anne Rare - 1970s

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