"After you have a roof over your head and your bread and butter, you should invest in your native town." Arthur Kinmond BellFounder
A K Bell

Arthur Kinmond Bell was the son of Arthur Bell, founder of the family whisky business known eventually as Arthur Bell and Sons. Towards the end of the 19th Century, A K took advantage of a perfect storm of opportunity to build the family whisky business. The invention of the patent Coffer Still that could produce blended whiskies in greater quantities, combined with the decline of the French Cognac sector and improved rail and sea networks, helped open new markets at home and abroad, transforming the Scotch Whisky sector from a ‘cottage’ industry into a global phenomenon.

After the first world war, when the Great Depression hit hard and the welfare state was still in its infancy, A K Bell used some of his personal fortune from the whisky business to embark on a series of philanthropic ventures, culminating in the founding of the Gannochy Trust in 1937. Through the Gannochy Trust, A K Bell ensured that his philanthropy would continue to support charitable projects in Perth and Kinross and throughout Scotland, well into the future.

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