Barton Family History

Johnston, Donald

Male 1796 - 1847  (51 years)


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  • Name Johnston, Donald 
    Born 1796 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1847 
    Person ID I1662  Barton Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 

    Father Johnston, Alexander 
    Mother Graham, Mary 
    Married Est 1783 
    Family ID F0617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Donald (born 1796) Alexander Johnston (born 1803), are considered the founders of Laphroaig Distillery. Donald, the entrepreneurial one of the two brothers, was initially recorded in the Excise accounts of 1826 as "licensed" distiller.

      Donald died in 1847 two days after he tragically fell into a vat of boiling ale. He had married twice. He left one son and four daughters by his first wife Isabella MacDougall and a daughter of his second marriage to Alice MacDougall. His son Dugald inherited the distillery, but couldn't run it immediately since he was only eleven. His uncle John Johnston of Tallant acted as one of the Trustees. He appointed Walter Graham from neighboring Lagavulin as distillery manager. In 1857 Dugald came of age, took over the management and was assigned the land lease by his father's Trustees in 1858, but not after some legal disputes with his sisters.