Roy Mutter began investigating his family’s unique history when he took an Athlone Scholarship to study in Scotland in the 1950s. There he met an aunt who shared his passion for family history. They traveled to the destinations in the book and uncovered the facts that form the basis of this fictionalized history. Roy fulfilled his dream when he published the book to rave reviews prior to his passing in the fall of 2016. His family now offers the Mutter history for sale at Direct From The Author.
From the back cover:
Hugging the rocky Loch of Indaal shoreline on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, the Bowmore Whisky Distillery produced its first run of whisky in 1779. Bowmore remains to this day the longest continually operating distillery in the world. Twins William and James Mutter, the second proprietors of the Bowmore distillery, guided the business for 54 years (1837-1891), broadening its regional roots into an international success.
The tale of the Mutter boys’ ascension from tenant farmers to entrepreneurs is told by their descendant, Roy James Mutter. Following the discovery of seventeen original letters shared between the twins from 1828 to 1841, the author has created an authentic coming-of-age tale of two young men during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Mutter breathes life into 19th century Scotland as it was experienced by the developing middle class. He diarizes traditional distillation methods as well as the rapidly changing business environment during the period when taxation first hit this specialized industry. Mutter follows the story past the sale of the business (1891), when the family emigrated to Vancouver Island, Canada, and James Mitchell Mutter became a provincial politician, gaol warden and gentleman farmer.