James Buchanan, born in Canada as son of Scottish immigrants, returned to the United Kingdom shortly after he was born and he was brought up in Larne. He joined a Glasgow shipping firm as an office boy when he was around 15 years of age, later promoted to be a clerk. In 1868 he joined his brother in the grain business until 1879, when he moved to London as an agent for a company in the whisky trade. He realized that there was an untapped market in England for bottled Scotch whisky and set about producing his own, the Buchanan Blend. He went into business on his own in 1884 as James Buchanan & Co. In 1898, James Buchanan was given the Royal Warrant to supply the Royal Household with Buchanan’s Whisky. The company joined Distillers Company in 1925. Distillers Company was acquired by Guinness in 1986 whilst Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo in 1997.