Malcolm Davis RIP (1949 – 2023)

It is with the deepest regret that the recent passing of Malcolm Davis is announced.

A pioneer with a flair for promoting and selling wines and spirits, Malcolm’s career within the trade was spent largely in the Far East, where he held many senior positions in international drinks management. Having joined Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong on their graduate cadre scheme after leaving Oxford University, he worked for Hiram Walker and Allied Domecq and was a senior director at Harvey’s of Bristol, Suntory and Duval-Leroy Champagne.

Amongst his many accomplishments was his instrumental role in establishing Canadian Club, Ballantines Scotch, Courvoisier Cognac, Hennessy Cognac and White Horse Scotch, amongst others in the Asia Pacific markets.

Malcolm was a proud liveryman and following his induction in 2010 took great pleasure in attending Distillers’ functions on a regular basis with his son William. Perhaps his greatest legacy as a Distiller is the work he undertook in delving into the history of our Founder Sir Theodore de Mayerne and also in establishing the origin of the two figures on the Company’s coat of arms . One figure dressed as a Russian Cossack was shown to represent a source of grain for distilling and the other to represent an Indian figure from the East Indies, the source of spices used in distillates.

Malcolm extensively researched the history of the Founder of the Company and the relationship the family had with St Martin-in-the-Fields.This was undertaken as part of the Livery initiative to refurbish the bust of Sir Theodore whose memorial has a prominent position in the crypt of the church. On the first Founder’s Memorial Day held in the crypt on October 8th 2019 Malcolm spoke about the history of Sir Theodore and the role he undertook in the formation of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He also gave a translation of the Latin inscription on the Founder’s memorial.

A most extraordinary contributor to the wines and spirits industry yet an even greater human being, Malcolm will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.