1785 - 1857
William’s cargo of wines and spirits and eldest son James landed in Bermuda on 28 July 1806. William formed a partnership with sons James and Ambrose and opened a shop on King’s Parade.
Ambrose married Ann Arabella Croydon Hinson on 16 November 1819 and resided in “Springfield”, Paget. They had three sons; William H., Edmund H. and Charles G. Gosling. Ambrose’s sons were brought into the family business and took over the firm in 1857 following his death.
William Henry Gosling
1820 - 1894
William, the eldest son of Ambrose and Ann, joined his father’s growing business following school and the business was changed to Ambrose Gosling and Son. Following Ambrose’s death in 1857, William and his two brothers changed the name again to Gosling Brothers. The three brothers ran the business together until Edmund H. died in 1885 and Charles G. retired in 1888.
William took their two sons Edmund W. and Ambrose into the business with him in 1890. In 1894 William died after 60 years in the business, leaving his two nephews to carry on.
Edmund Hinson Gosling
Edmund, son of Ambrose and brother of William, joined the family business in the mid-1800s. Within a few years, the business had grown to be the largest of its kind in Bermuda. Good fortune allowed the brothers to open a branch business in St. George’s. About this time there was a local saying that “the three things necessary to a true Bermudian are that he should attend Trinity Church, read the Royal Gazette and buy his rum at Gosling’s”.
The business was carried on amicably by the brothers until Edmund died in 1885.
1860 - 1928
Ambrose and Edmund W., nephews of William H., steered the business during the late 1890s. During the early 1900s, an influx of visitors to the island led to the extension of H.M. Dockyard at Ireland Island which warranted the opening of a branch in Somerset. In 1915 Edmund’s son, Edmund C. Gosling, joined the business as a partner and it was seven years later in 1922, that Ambrose’s son Ambrose T. Gosling was admitted to the partnership.
Edmund W. retired in 1927 and in 1928 Ambrose died leaving their two sons to carry on the business.
Ambrose Tucker Gosling
1897 - 1962
In 1922, Ambrose T. Gosling was admitted to the partnership. His father died in 1928, leaving Ambrose and his cousin, Edmund C., to carry on the business that had now been in the family for well over a century.
As a result of the death of the two senior partners, it was decided to incorporate the old partnership and it became Gosling Brothers Limited in 1929.
Ambrose T. retired in 1962.
Malcolm Lloyd Gosling
1922 - 2007
Malcolm L. Gosling, son of Edmund C., joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and served as a Pilot Officer in England. Following the end of the hostilities, he returned to Bermuda before earning a business degree from Toronto University. Malcolm then joined the family business where he progressed to become president and chief executive officer of Gosling Brothers, before retiring in 2005 as its chairman.
Malcolm’s son and daughter, Edmund M. and Nancy L., both graduated from university and held senior positions within international companies before coming into the family business. They are the seventh generation and currently manage the family business along with cousin Charles R., grandson of Ambrose T. Gosling.