La Collection d'Alastair McMillan
Alastair McMillan's Collection
Alastair Reid McMillan
24th May 1956 - 14th March 2011
Alastair was an only child born to the late Alexander and Jane McMillan.  He was an exceptionally intelligent and clever man and did have
problems relating to everyday things because of it.  Like many true geniuses suffered with manic depression.  That being said he was a
good, loyal and trustworthy friend and partner. He was pensioned off work with ill health in 1994 and never returned to paid employment. He
was passionate about everything that he did and when he applied that passion with dedication was meticulous and thorough.  He would
work tirelessly on a project until it was completed perfectly. He was a senior biomedical scientist and was technically very skilled, but never
found his true vocation in work.  He had a flare for computing long before they were normal household items and would program in
machine code.  He enrolled on a college course in computer programming that was only open to professional programmers,  yet won the
college prize every year of the course.  He successfully completed the diploma in Management Studies and again passed everything with
distinction.  His real passions lay with the Clyde Steamer Society (steam ships that used to sail around the West Coast of Scotland), Latin
and classical studies, particularly the work of Ovid, music - progressive rock, but enjoyed most genres, Celtic music particularly Alan Stivell
the Breton harpist. He was an accomplished artist. He loved animals and couldn't stand cruelty.  He was great with our African Grey parrot
was a member of many clubs and societies and was rightly proud of his MENSA membership. He loved quizzes and puzzles. He was a
man of principles and high morals, but had a tremendous sense of humour too. His book collection was extensive and treasured. He
discovered a passion for Absinthe antiques and anything to do with it.  True to form he thew himself into learning everything he could about
it and spent hours and hours researching information on the internet.  His collection was inclusive of anything vaguely to do with the subject
and it gave him tremendous pleasure. He developed rheumatoid arthritis which was particularly severe and affected other organs
especially his lungs.  After being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis his condition deteriorated very quickly and nine months after diagnosis
and having been in hospital for a fortnight suffering from pneumonia contracted it again two months later and died in the Glasgow western
Infirmary six days later on the 14th March 2011.  He is greatly missed by his friends and all who knew him well, in particular by myself -
Margaret McMillan - Widow.  I'm hoping that whoever buys his collection will get as much pleasure and satisfaction from if as he did.

Magaret McMillan


Alastair McMillan était un collectionneur passionné d'antiquités sur le thème de l'absinthe et bien plus encore : il était étudiant en histoire
de la fée verte. Ces centres d'intérêt dans la collection étaient bien évidemment centrés sur le plus évident - cuillères, verres, pyrogènes -
mais aussi sur les livres et les journaux, en fait tout ce qui aidait à raconter l'histoire de l'absinthe dans ses jours glorieux et même au-delà.
En véritable "collectionneur de la collection", il a acquis des antiquités en bon état, avec un bon goût assuré, un grand soin, et après de
longues réflexions. Il avait l'oeil pour les objets inhabituels et sous-cotés, et sa collection comprend des joyaux dans toutes les gammes de
prix. J'ai eu le privilège de connaître Alastair en tant que client mais aussi en tant qu'ami pendant des années, et aujourd'hui, à la suite de
son décès survenu bien trop tôt, c'est avec tristesse mais aussi avec fierté que nous proposons sa collection, méticuleusement cataloguée
par Marc Thuillier, à une nouvelle génération d'absintheurs.

David Nathan-Maister

Alastair McMillan was a passionate collector of absinthe antiques - more than that though, he was a student of the history of La Fee Verte.
His collecting interests encompassed not only the obvious - spoons, glasses, pyrogenes - but also books, journals, labels, postcards, in
fact everything that helped tell the story of absinthe in its heyday and beyond. A real "collector's collector" he bought carefully and after long
deliberation, always with excellent taste, and always items in fine condition. He had an eye for the unusual and the underpriced, and his
collection includes gems in all price ranges. I was privileged to know Alastair as a client and friend for many years, and now, following his
passing at far too young an age, it's with sadness but also pride that we offer his collection, meticulously catalogued by Marc Thuillier, to a
new generation of absintheurs
.

David Nathan-Maister
Nous avons eu le grand privilège de connaître Alastair McMillan, un homme d'une grande gentillesse, avec un charmant sens de
l'humour et une passion très pointue pour l'histoire de l'absinthe.
Alastair est décédé en mars 2011 à l'âge de 54 ans. Sa veuve, Margaret McMillan, nous a proposé de vendre sa collection d'antiquités
sur l'absinthe et nous sommes très fiers de pouvoir vous la présenter sur le Musée Virtuel de l'Absinthe.
Cette collection impressionnante et unique est composée, entre autre, de 130 cuillères, 27 articles de verrerie, 23 soucoupes, 2
bouteilles d'absinthe d'époque (dont une très rare bouteille de Pernod Fils de la fameuse cache 1914), 86 documents sur l'absinthe, 24
livres anciens (dont le fameux Couleru), 5 brouilleurs, 3 pyrogènes, 4 troncs de comptoir, et plus encore...
Une fois de plus, nous avons essayé d'être les plus précis possible dans les descriptions, mais n'hésitez pas à nous envoyer un email
pour plus de détails.

We were privileged to know Alastair, an extremely nice and gentle man, with a charming sense of humour and a sharp passion for the
history of absinthe.
Alastair passed away in March 2011, aged 54 year. Alastair's widow, Margaret McMillan, offered us to sell his antiques collection and
we're very proud to offer it to you now on the Musée Virtuel de l'Absinthe.
This tremendous and unique collection includes 130 antique spoons, 27 glassware items, 23 antique saucers, 2 vintage absinthe
bottles (including a very rare Pernod Fils from the famous 1914 cache), 86 absinthe documents, 24 antique books (including the famous
Couleru), 5 brouilleurs, 3 pyrogenes, 4 spoon holders, and more...
Once again, we've tried to be as precise as we could in the descriptions, bu feel free to drop us an email if you want more details.
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