SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2010

From ROSLIN

round the world!

-the incredible story of

John Lawson Johnston and

An exhibition for Penicuik Community Development Trust based on

the Story of Bovril” 1953 and over a century of Bovril advertising

Penicuik Town Hall, Saturday 9 January 2010

John Lawson Johnston (1839-1900) the creator of Bovril was born in 29 Main Street, Roslin, where you’ll find Bovril Johnston’s café and there’s a Roslin Historical Society plaque above the door. As a butcher back in the eighteen seventies he developed Johnston's Fluid Beef which he later called Bovril.  From Roslin, he set up a business to manufacture his products in Quebec, later moving to London where he lived at 'Bovril Castle' -- Kingswood House, Sydenham while he developed the Bovril brand across Britain.  Bovril was closely associated with the Playfairs, the Edinburgh & Bengal medical family; Lord Playfair had once been a laboratory assistant to Baron Liebig, founder of Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company (Oxo).  

John Lawson Johnston married Elizabeth, daughter of George Lawson, biscuit manufacturer of Edinburgh. Their second son George Lawson Johnston (1873–1943) also managed the Bovril company and was raised to the peerage as Baron Luke.  Educated in Canada, Dulwich and Polmont, he worked in Canada, Australia, Africa and Argentina developing expertise in trade and raw materials. In 1896 he returned to London and the board of Bovril Ltd, becoming Vice-Chairman in 1900 when his father died. He was a Director of the Daily Express from its foundation in 1900 to 1917, and a director of Lloyds Bank. During World War I he was a member of the leather control board and Chairman of Committees in the Raw Materials Department at the War Office. Apart from his business career he was also a member of the Bedfordshire County Council and served as a Justice of the Peace and was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1924 and Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire (1936-1943). He was noted for his work for hospitals, as honorary Treasurer of the Royal Northern Hospital 1909-1923, chairman of the Hospitals of London Appeal in 1922, Honorary Secretary of King Edward's Hospital fund for London, Chairman of the British Charities Association, Treasurer of the County of London Red Cross, and Honorary Secretary of the League of Mercy.

When he was raised to the peerage as Baron Luke of Pavenham in the County of Bedford he chose the title because St Luke was the patron of hospitals, and because the parish of St Luke, Old Street EC1 was where Bovril had its headquarters. Symbolically, the usual depiction of St Luke of the gospels is the ox:


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Quebec in the 1870s

The address in Trinity Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

joke (see MAKING BOVRIL A HOUSEHOLD NAME)

“I SAID I LIKE YOU BETTER IN BOVRIL”

VE day poster

From ROSLIN

round the world!

The incredible story of

John Lawson Johnston and

John Lawson Johnston
Creador
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SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2010

An exhibition for Penicuik Community Development Trust based on

the Story of Bovril” 1953 and over a century of Bovril advertising

in the Cowan Institute,Penicuik Town Hall, Saturday 9 January 2010

 

Penicuik exhibitions 

A few of over 100 Penicuik Open House weekly displays

 

KITTY FYFFE’S POSTCARDS

HEAT & LIGHT

OLD TOOLS

POSTERS

CAMERAS

OLD BOTTLES

SHOES & BOOTS

NEWS

HATS

U3A

ART

THE COWAN PAPER ADVERTISEMENTS OF 1944

FIFTY YEARS OF CUIKEN SCHOOL

PENICUIK’S CLYDESDALE BANK

PENICUIK INVESTORS IN THE US

LINEN

GAMES

TEDDY BEARS

MODEL BOATS

ALPINE FLOWERS

SNOW PICTURES

SIGNWRITING

HANDBAGS

ARTILLERY

SCOUTING

PENICUIK CO-OP

DISCOVERY AWARDS

CARNETHY HILL RACE

JACKSON STREET SCHOOL

SALTIRE HOUSING EXHIBITION

ROSLIN & THE STORY OF BOVRIL

THE FILMS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK

DAME MURIEL SPARK: Scottish by formation

childrens book illustration of GERMANO OVANI

Galashiels Co-operators & the ideas of William King

IMAGES OF ESKBRIDGE  from Jim Neil’s collection

CORNBANK:  Penicuik’s Radburn estate from the 1960s

PENICUIK RAILWAY and its designer THOMAS BOUCH

Penicuik’s Concorde Designer  JAMES ARNOT HAMILTON

Penicuik’s International Photographer      ALBERT WATSON

Carlops’ International City Planner            THOMAS ADAMS

General MACZEK & the GREAT POLISH MAP of SCOTLAND

ALEXANDER COWAN’S INSTITUTE

illustrated by his great-great-great grandson Robin Macfarlan

 

The Cowan Institute -with library, halls and recreation rooms- was given to the people of Penicuik by the will of Alexander Cowan, papermaker. Operated for most of its life by the Cowan Trust, it was passed in 1960 to local management under the care of the Burgh of Penicuik.

On local government reorganisation in the mid 1970s the Burgh’s assets became vested in Midlothian Council, including the Cowan Institute and the endowments for social facilities the earlier Trust had provided.  Penicuik Community Development Trust was formed by public concern for the fate of the building after reports of its possible sale in 2005.

The Trust is a registered charity (SC037990) run and entirely supported by the efforts of Penicuik people, and hires space in the Institute to operate an Open House with displays every Saturday throughout the year, and a fortnightly Cinema on Sunday evenings.  It also works with the locally-run charitable bodies operating Penicuik’s Leisure Centre at Ladywood and the Penicuik Community Arts Centre in West Street.

 

Ian Oughtred’s Ness Yawl Jeanie Henderson at Penicuik

 

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