Person    | Male  Born 28/9/1839  Died 24/11/1900

John Lawson Johnston

Categories: Food & Drink, Industry

Countries: Canada, France, Scotland

Nutrition promoter and food manufacturer. Born at 29 Main Street, Roslin, Midlothian. He took over his uncle's butcher shop and decided to use the large quantity of beef trimmings produced to make his own 'glace de viande' (meat glaze). This sold so well that he opened a second shop and a factory in the Holyrood area. He emigrated to Canada, and in1874 the French army gave him a contract to supply their army with preserved beef products. During this time he developed 'Johnston's Fluid Beef', which was to become 'Bovril'. He returned to Britain in 1880 where he developed the brand. Died on his yacht 'White Ladye' in Cannes harbour.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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John Lawson Johnston

John Lawson Johnston, 1839 - 190, inventor of Bovril, owned and lived here at...

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Bovril

Bovril

The trademarked name of a thick, salty meat extract developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnson. It is made in Burton upon Trent and is now owned and distributed by Unilever UK. The first part of...

Concept, Food & Drink

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Mitre Tavern

Mitre Tavern

Fleet Street. This pub dates from Shakespeare's time. Johnson and Boswell often visited. It was pulled down in 1829 by Hoares to extend their bank.

Building, Commerce, Food & Drink

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Elizabeth David

Elizabeth David

Cookery writer. Born as Elizabeth Gwynne into a wealthy family. Travelled in Europe and around the Mediterranean, spending some years in Cairo, where she married in 1944. Returned to England in 194...

Person, Food & Drink, Literature, Seriously Famous

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The George Pub, Fleet Street

The George Pub, Fleet Street

Founded in 1723 as a coffee house, became Georges Hotel in 1830 and then a public house as it is today. Current building is late Victorian.

Building, Commerce, Food & Drink

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Clayhall Tea House

Clayhall Tea House

A popular place of refreshment in the 18th century, in what was then an out of London village. Samuel Pepys records in his diary that he visited Bow, and had eaten a memorable dish of cherries and ...

Building, Food & Drink

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