The Family

George Grant 1874-1949

Looking to expand the distillery, during the whisky boom of the 1890s, George, and his brother John, decided to go into partnership with Leith based Pattison, Elder & Co. Together they formed the Glenfarclas-Glenlivet Distillery Company. Unfortunately, it proved to be a troublesome partnership, and eventually collapsed. This left John and George at the brink of financial ruin. It took 15 years of hard work, family commitment and shrewd accounting to resolve the situation, but by 1914 the future of Glenfarclas was secure in hands of the brother’s own company; J. & G. Grant. The brothers efforts had not been without pain, John took early retirement due to ill health. George continued alone, but he resolved never to rely on outside investors again; The Spirit of Independence was born. The family are committed to this principle, and are proud that Glenfarclas continues to prosper as an independent family owned and managed company. 

In 1921, George married Jessie Stuart Scott and they had two sons, George Scott Grant, and John Peter Grant.

George’s tenure at Glenfarclas was not the easiest in the distillery’s history, however on a positive note when the lease from Ballindalloch Estate expired in 1930 he purchased the freehold for Glenfarclas outright, thus the family ceased to be tenants.
George Grant 1874-1949

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