Person NameWalter Ballantyne & Sons; 1836-; wine & provision merchants
Epithetwine & provision merchants
ActivityWalter Ballantyne & Sons, provision merchants, St Boswells, Roxburgh, established 1836, is one of the oldest businesses in St Boswells. It began in a cottage at Clarilaw when Margaret Ballantyne (d 1896) made toffee to sell and began to stock a few groceries. In 1839 she and her husband Walter (d 1891) set up in business in St Boswells on the site of the present day Post Office. In 1847 they moved to Fawsley Cottage which stood where their car park is now. They also had a horse-drawn van which provided a weekly delivery service to their customers. In about 1860 their son Walter was sent to Tod's in Dalkeith to learn the trade. In 1866 they bought the property next to the cottage which is still their shop premises. From 1865 their son Walter was in charge of the business, and in 1872 he married Jane Kerr (d 1939). The business flourished, with the addition of a liquor licence, a china department and storerooms built behind the shop. The second Walter was joined in the business by his son, Walter Edward (d 1960), from 1891 and from 1901 by his second son, James Kerr, who had studied accountancy. Following the death of Walter Edward Ballantyne in 1960, James Kerr Ballantyne's sons, Walter and Norman carried on the business.
Corporate NameWalter Ballantyne & Sons
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