John Haig, of Binnington, Midlothian

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John Haig, of Binnington

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Birthplace: Binnington, Midlothian, Scotland UK
Death: Died in Berwickshire, Scotland UK
Immediate Family:

Son of John Haig of Gartlands and Margaret Haig
Husband of Christina Jameson
Father of John Haig; William Haig; George Andrew Haig; Thomas Haig and William Haig
Brother of Margaret Jameson; James Haig, of Blairhill, co Perth; Mary MacKenzie; George Haig; Anne White and 5 others

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About John Haig, of Binnington, Midlothian

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haig_(whisky)

John Haig opened the Cameron Bridge distillery in Windygates in 1824 and this was the first to produce grain whisky. His cousin, Robert Stein, created the first continuous still while his son, also called John, improved output by means of the then new practice of blending.

The Haig family name is to the early history of Scotch (and even Irish) whisky distilling as the Beams are to bourbon. The Haigs were ubiquitous, with every one of John Haig's five sons striking out on their own paths into the whisky world, some being more succesful than others. They had quite a reputation to cling to.

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Haig or Haig & Haig are the oldest distillers of scotch whisky. They produce the Dimple or Pinch brand in a distinctive three-sided bottle. The distillery is now part of the Diageo conglomerate.

History

Robert Haig was censured by his church elders for operating a still upon the Sabbath in 1655. This is the oldest known reference to a whisky distillery. His descendants operated distilleries in England, Ireland and Scotland. John Jameson, the founder of Jameson Irish whiskey, married one of them, Margaret Haig. John Haig opened the Cameron Bridge distillery in Windygates in 1824 and this was the first to produce grain whisky. His cousin, Robert Stein, created the first continuous still while his son, also called John, improved output by means of the then new practice of blending. The distinctive dimpled bottle was then introduced in the 1890s. This bottle became so well-known and important to the brand that it was registered as a trademark in the USA in 1958 by Julius Lunsford.

The family business was subsequently merged into United Distillers and Vintners (UDV) and then into the larger conglomerate Diageo.

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One of their famous advertising slogans was Don't be vague, ask for Haig.

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John Haig, of Binnington, Midlothian's Timeline

1758
December 24, 1758
Midlothian, Scotland UK
1787
May 21, 1787
Age 28
Midlothian, Scotland UK
1789
January 28, 1789
Age 30
Midlothian, Scotland UK
1799
January 14, 1799
Age 40
Kent, England UK
1803
February 13, 1803
Age 44
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland UK
1804
March 15, 1804
Age 45
Midlothian, Scotland UK
1819
December 26, 1819
Age 61
Berwickshire, Scotland UK
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