The Snuff Tobacco Reference

James Gillespie and the Gillespie Tobacco Concern

James Gillespie of Spylaw (1726–1797) was a Scottish tobacco merchant who traded as a tobacconist in partnership with his younger brother John Gillespie at what is now Number 231 High Street, Edinburgh, and who acquired in 1759 the Colinton snuff mill whence the Gillespie sort of snuff tobacco derived its name.


  1. Dictionary of National Biography. Gillespie, James. James Tait. Volume 21; Page 361. 1890. Digitised version
  2. Tobacco: Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce. E. R. Billings. Pages 224–225. 1875. Digitised version