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The firm of R Thorne & Sons was established in 1831 by Robert Thorne and was described in Harper's Directory 1914 as "Whisky Distillers Blenders and Warehouse-keepers" based in Greenock, where the company had its main premises.
The company was incorporated in 1892, and in the same year acquired what was then known as the Aberlour-Glenlivet distillery on Speyside. Four years later, Greenock distillery was purchased, and a three-storey Italian Renaissance-style office block was constructed in Greenock, along with a multi-storey warehouse block which still stands today. It was capable of holding 33,000 gallons of whisky in vast vats and boasted an expansive bottling hall.
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