So Who Is William Cadenhead?
Welcome to Aberdeen, July 1842. The weather is perfect. Sleet, with plenty of rain and a vicious wind tearing in from the north west. And the dark granite stone used that is Aberdeen, glistens in the grey gloominess.
Perfect, as I said.
At 47 Netherkirkgate, just down the road from the fish shop, a Mr George Duncan, for the first time, has just opened his front door to future customers. And his trade? Vintner and Spirit Merchant.
But Mr D’s shop, was more than just a regular high street grog shop. For Mr Duncan was not only in the business of selling direct to his customers, he importantly also bought those wines and spirits he was selling in bulk. He re-packaged them from large to smaller casks for his clients.
The business boomed over the next ten years, but Mr D was also a clever marketer. So, what he now desperately need was a celebrity to help him promote and sell his wares.
And that celebrity was none other than the local super-star entertainer, the poet and thread merchant, Mr William Cadenhead. He also happened to be Mr Duncan’s brother-in-law.
And why wouldn’t you hire a celeb like Mr C, when he can turn out such superb and beautifully poignant verses as the following…