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A Ramble Round the Globe

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Country  Scotland
Publisher  Chatto and Windus
Media type  Print
Originally published  1894

Language  English
Publication date  1894
Pages  316 pp
Genre  Non-fiction
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Author  Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar

A Ramble Round the Globe is an 1894 book by Thomas Dewar detailing his journey around the world publicizing Dewars Scotch Whisky. The book is at least purportedly Dewar's journal, written solely for his friends who "wanted to know 'all about it.'"


Dewar's travels

Dewar's trip was motivated not only by a desire to market his brand, but also by medical imperatives: Dewar had been battling a persistent cold that had been growing worse, and his doctor suggested that a warmer climate could rid him of this threatening cold.

The journey departed from the Speyside region of Scotland and embarked for Boston, then traversed America, advertising in New York, Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco. He then took to the sea and found himself in Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, China, and Hong Kong. The writings both praise and chastise his surroundings as he traverses through the very differing cities around the world.

The journey was a success. Upon his return Dewar's was on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Whisky was little known, let alone drunk outside Scotland at the time, and Sir Thomas Dewar played a large role in changing this to bring the Dewar's brand to homes around the world.

A Ramble Round the Globe: Revisited

The 1894 book was revisited by Malcolm Greenwood, another Scotch Whisky enthusiast, in his 1999 A Ramble Round the Globe: Revisited. Inspired by the original book, Greenwood decided to trace Dewar's footsteps and travel around the globe in order to re-examine the places and cultures Dewar visited over a hundred years earlier.

The book is written in journal style, divided between entries labeled "MG" for Malcolm Greenwood or "TD" for Tommy Dewar. The style shows how the sites have changed or remained the same between 1894 and 1999.


A Ramble Round the Globe Wikipedia

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