Charles Rattray was a humble tobacco blender from Perth, Kinross who went on to gain a fanbase across the globe with notable patrons such as prime minister Harold Wilson. His store opened in 1915 and would have the blends prepared in store. Customers who used to visit fondly recall his generosity, often allowing customers to fill one free bowl to sample. His iconic shop was instantly recognisable from its large window fronts overlooked by the iconic Highland Soldiers statues.
Many of Charles’ original blends are still very popular today and remain unchanged. It was not only tobacco that was sold, after some years of being open the shop would start making and selling their own pipes. This would take the brand name even further with high demand from pipe smokers across the globe for his quality pipes and tobaccos.
Over the years business dwindled as smoking trends changed. The beloved House Of Rattray would close its doors in 1981. German manufacturer Kohlhase & Kopp, knowing the historic importance of the company, would buy the Rattray’s brand and continue manufacturing. The familiar Highland Soldier statues would go up for auction and many items from the shop would find themselves a new home at the Perth Museum.