but isn´t it Glenfiddich (William Grant & Sons) having a strong connection to the Gordon Highlander Regiment (I remeber W. Grant had a nickname: The Major, because he had been so enthusiastically engaged within the regiment that he improved to that rank, the highest rank permitted to a non-professional soldier in peace time).
Gordon&MacPhail has created the Highland Fusilier (a Vatted Malt) 5, 8, 15, 21 and 25 year old on the occasion of the fusion of the two regiments Highland Light Infantry and the Royal Scots Fusiliers to the Highland Fusiliers (in 1959). The former regiments had been of importance for the town of Elgin where Gordon&MacPhail have their shop.
Captain Bill Smith Grant of The Glenlivet Distillery served with the 1st Gordon Highlanders in France during the First World War, and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of Arras. Many of the distillery workers also served with the Gordons in France. Bill SG's elder brother (who would have inherited the distillery had he lived) was killed in France, but he was an airman.
I'm sure there are stories such as these for most old distillery families.
Re Captain John Gordon Smith - he eventually became an honorary Colonel in the Gordons. Apparently he donated a hefty sum to kit out men of the 6th Volunteer Battalion in Gordon tartan. There used to be a portrait of him in uniform hanging at the distillery visitor centre.
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