Spring 2024 Banquet

Our Guardians of Tradition

Patrons of Our Society

Our Patrons play a vital role in supporting our Society, recognising the legacy and tradition of our Scottish history and ancestry. Many Patrons are esteemed business leaders throughout the whisky, finance, academic, property and wider industries; offering our members unique counsel and insight across many fields.

At our Ceremony of Induction the Patrons are represented by The Grand Master. This position is currently held by His Grace, The Duke of Argyll. The role of Grand Master has previously been held by Sir George J Bull, Viscount Thurso, Ian Good CBE, Patrick Ricard, Sarah Troughton and Peter Gordon amongst many others.
Duke of Argyll
His Grace, The Duke of Argyll
The Duke of Argyll, the Society’s current Grand Master, is Hereditary Master of the King’s Household in Scotland, Admiral of the Western Coasts and Isles, and Chief of Clan Campbell. The Duke of Argyll is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. Until 2007, he was Commercial Manager of Chivas Brothers' interests in Australasia and Asia Pacific. Inveraray Castle, his ancestral estate in Argyll, is one of Scotland's top visitor attractions.
The Right Honourable The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine, KT
The Earl of Elgin is Chief of the name of Bruce a Member of the King's Bodyguard in Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers), Honorary Colonel of the Elgin Regiment of Canada, and a former Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Lord Elgin served as Grand Master of the Keepers of the Quaich from 1990-92.
The Right Honourable The Earl of Erroll
The Earl of Erroll. MacGaradh Mor, is Chief of Clan Hay, Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland, and a Member of the King's Bodyguard in Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers). Lord Erroll is also a Lieutenant in The Atholl Highlanders. He served as Grand Master of The Keepers of the Quaich from 2001-03.
Sarah Troughton
Sarah Troughton is the half-sister of the late Iain, 10th Duke of Atholl. She is an accomplished artist with a degree in Modern Art from Chelsea School of Art. Sarah owns part of the Blair Atholl estate and is a Senior Trustee of the Blair Charitable Trust, which owns Blair Castle. She served as the Society's 21st Grand Master, 2016-17.
The Right Honourable Viscount Thurso
After a career as General Manager of the Hotel Lancaster in Paris, Founder General Manager of Cliveden, and Managing Director of the Champany Group, Lord Thurso was elected Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from 2001-2015. He served as Grand Master of the Keepers of the Quaich from 2008-11 and is Chairman of Visit Scotland.
The Right Honourable The Earl of Dalhousie OStJ
Lord Dalhousie is Chief of Clan Ramsay, President of the Caledonian Club and the British Deer Society. A Brigade Commander of the King's Bodyguard in Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers), he was appointed Lord Steward of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Household in 2009. He served as Grand Master of the Keepers of the Quaich between 2014-15.
The Earl of Hopetoun
The Earl of Hopetoun is Chairman of Hopetoun Estates and a trustee of the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust. He lives with his family at Hopetoun House, his family's ancestral home near Edinburgh. He is Chairman of the Historic Houses Association of Scotland. Out with his family interest The Earl has an established career in physics and engineering, as a nuclear physicist.
His Grace, The Duke of Atholl
Bruce George Ronald Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl, is a resident of South Africa. He is Chief of Clan Murray and holds a voluntary commission in the Transvaal Scottish Regiment. He is also Colonel-in-Chief of The Atholl Highlanders which has its headquarters at Blair Castle (also headquarters of the Keepers of the Quaich).
His Grace, The Duke of Fife
The Duke of Fife is the great-grandson of John Dewar, founder of John Dewar & Sons. Following a career in Corporate Finance, he acquired a land management diploma from the Royal College of Cirencester and manages his family Kinnaird Castle in Angus. In addition, he is a director of the Elsick Development Company, which is creating the new town of Chapelton near Aberdeen.
The Earl of Moray
The Earl of Moray was educated at Loretto School in Scotland and University College London. He is Chairman of Moray Estates, which is currently developing a housing community for 14,000 people at Tornagrain, seven miles from Inverness. Moray Estates are significant producers of malting and barley, suppliers to the Scotch Whisky industry.