Glenury Royal is on the east coast, south of Aberdeen and close to the fishing
port and resort of Stonehaven. The distillery takes its name from the glen
running through the Ury district. Its founder, Captain Robert Barclay a local
Member of Parliament was also an athlete and marathon walker. This flamboyant
character had a friend at court to whom he referred coyly as "Mrs Windsor"
and through whose influence he was given permission by King William IV to
style his whisky "Royal". The distillery was founded in 1825 and rebuilt in
1966. Its whisky can be found as a bottled single malt though it has never
been widely available nor very well known. It is a component of the blends
made by the small company John Gillon, a Distillers Company Limited subsidiary
until the takeover by United Distillers. The distillery has been temporarily
closed since 1985.
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