The Snuff Tobacco Reference

David Wishart and the Wishart Tobacco Concern

David Wishart was a Scotsman and London tobacconist who is popularly given as the originator of The Highlander, which was a figure in folk costume alledged to have political connotation that would go on to be adopted as a trade sign by snuff men commonly. Wishart established himself in Coventry Street in 1720, and the firm of Wishart & Co. would relocate in 1880 to Rupert Street, thereafter to 41 Haymarket, and subsequently to 35 Panton Street, and would survive into the twentieth century.


  1. The Old Snuff House of Fribourg & Treyer. George Evans. Pages 49–50. 1921. Digitised version
  2. The Building News and Engineering Journal. Volume 39; Issue 1880-12-24; Page 781. 1881. Digitised version
  3. A Londoner’s London. Wilfred Whitten. Page 231. 1913. Digitised version