John Grant (1805-1889) was a successful farmer who owned several farms in Glenlivet. He was known for breeding champion Aberdeen Angus cattle. On the other hand, the Glenfarclas Distillery was located between the Grant farms in Glenlivet and the market in Elgin.

Drivers going to and from the market would stop to water their cattle, rest their weary feet and enjoy the restorative powers of one or two drams of Glenfarclas Single Malt whisky. So, it made perfect sense for John Grant to purchase the Glenfarclas Distillery when it was put up for sale in 1865. Glenfarclas is one of the few privately owned distilleries left in Scotland. It is regarded by many as one of the most successful family owned distilleries in Scotland’s history, and as their slogan ‘The Spirit of Independence’ shows, the Grants remain fiercely proud of the distillery’s private status.