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Douglas Walker and Alastair Macdonald
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Douglas Walker and Alastair Macdonald

Pictured inside Tain Laundry Dry Cleaning Department are (right) proprietor Alastair Macdonald and manager, Douglas Walker. Mr Macdonald had previously owned a lemonade factory in Tain and was known as the "Soda King".
Picture added on 15 February 2006
does anyone know where the lemonade factory was? I have been searching but cant find any further information on it at all! A friend of mine found a bottle recently clearly marked with "The Highland Aerated Waters, Tain." It also had a very distinctive trade mark embossed on the glass, sort of pagan or celtic in looks! I would be really interested in any information on this as i feel the local history of our town is very important to us and future generations!
Added by Kirstin Mackintosh on 10 May 2010
The Lemonade Factory and the Dry Cleaners were on the same site and run as a combined business. They were located in what is still known as Laundry Lane which can be accessed from Tower Street. We have examples of Highland Aerated Waters' bottles in the museum Collection. If you want more information on this and other topics, Kirstin, feel free to visit Tain Through Time. If you have a specific enquiry or want to see some specific item from the collection we can arrange an appointment for you as long as we get sufficient warning to look out the relevant stuff.
Added by Margaret Urquhart,Tain & District Museum on 13 May 2010
Hi there, i have recently found a Highland Aerated Waters Tain Ginger Beer bottle. It is plain white stoneware.I have looked everywhere for information but cannot seem to find out anyhing about it. It appears to be very rare to find. Could anyone help? I will give you a photograph for your website, any help would be lovely..thank you!
Added by Leanne on 03 April 2012
Hello Leanne. for information see previous comment. I have an example of the bottle you describe, which I will eventually donate to the museum. I found several Highland Aerated Waters bottles in my garden which are now in the museum although I have retained this one meantime. I'm not sure why Ginger Beer, in particular used stoneware - perhaps it kept its fizz better.
Added by Margaret Urquhart, Tain & District Museum on 21 April 2012
Andrew Maitland Jr (later Provost) and James Stephen of The Glenmorangie Distillery Co Ltd founded the Highland Aerated Water Company in 1894, to revive the lemonade factory. There is a suggestion that Glenmorangie Single Malt whisky may have been bottled there, as well as ginger beer etc. Maitland died in 1898 and Stephen in 1907. The company seems to have been put in hands of a receiver in 1908.
Added by Iain Russell on 21 July 2015
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