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Matthew Gloag

Whisky retailer. Gloag was a grocer and wine merchant in Perth who began blending whisky around 1814, which he acquired from various local distilleries. He supplied whisky to Queen Victoria during her visit to Perth in 1842. Control of the business passed to his son, William B. Gloag, in 1860 and then to his nephew, another Matthew in 1896. In that same year, the Grouse brand was born. Having proved popular this became the Famous Grouse in 1905. The company grew markets at home and overseas, remaining in family control until 1970 when it was taken over by Highland Distillers, now part of the Edrington Group.

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