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Glenury

The Glenury distillery was sited at Scotland’s East Coast, just outside of the fishing town of Stonehaven. The distillery was established by Captain Robert Barclay who was both the Laird of Ury and a Member of Parliament. The local agricultural industry had been suffering and the Captain took it upon himself to relieve the situation; the distillery was intended to provide a steady market for locally produced barley.

Glenury was founded in 1825 and, just a few weeks after production began, a devastating fire raged through the distillery, destroying the malting floors, the kiln and a large quantity of barley. Not long after, the distillery experienced its second tragedy. This time the consequences were far direr, when a worker, James Clark, was killed having fallen into the boiler. Glenury, also known as Glenury Royal, gained its regal suffix with the permission of King William IV, swayed by a fellow MP ‘Mrs Windsor’.

In 1924, Joseph Hobbs acquired the distillery for the sum of £7,500 and in 1938 Associated Scottish Distilleries purchased Glenury for £18,500. In 1953, Distillers Company Ltd, latterly a part of Diageo, acquired the distillery and subsequently transferred it to Scottish Malt Distillers. During the 1960s the distillery was renovated; the floor maltings were closed down and a further two stills were installed bringing the total to four. The distillery was mothballed in 1985 and its licence was cancelled in 1992. In 1993, the area was acquired by a housing company who built apartments on the site. There are a handful of independent releases and official bottlings are, of course, rather rare.

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About Glenury Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1825

1940

1940 – American National Distillers buys ASD.

Distillery Status

Demolished

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Stonehaven, Kincardineshire

1824

25 – Captain Robert Barclay, MP and Laird of Ury, founds the distillery which is named Glenurie.

1835

Captain Barclay receives permission to use the word Royal by William IV.

1854

Captain Barclay dies.

1857

58 – The distillery is put up for auction and it is bought by William Ritchie of Glasgow. The Ritchie family retain ownership until 1936.

1928

– No production takes place.

1936

The owner Lord Stonehaven, who probably was the real owner while the Ritchie family leased the distillery, sells the distillery to the Glenury Distillery Company, with Joseph William Hobbs in it, for £7 500.

1938

Glenury Distillery Company sells the distillery for £18 500 to Associated Scottish Distillers (ASD), where J. W. Hobbs is one of the owners.

1953

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) buys ASD from National Distillers and transfers Glenury Royal to Scottish Malt Distillers.

1965

Substantial refurbishing takes place and the number of stills double to four.

1968

Own maltings cease.

1983

The distillery is mothballed.

1992

United Distillers decides not to open Glenury Royal for production and sells the buildings to an estate company.

1999

A 29 year old cask strength is launched in the Rare Malts series.

2003

498 bottles of a 50 year old Glenury Royal are launched.

2005

A 36 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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