Patrons of the Society

The Patrons are The Right Honourable The Earl of Erroll, The Right Honourable The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine KT, The Right Honourable The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden KT, Mrs Sarah Troughton, The Right Honourable Viscount Thurso, His Grace The Duke of Atholl, The Right Honourable The Earl of Dalhousie, His Grace The Duke of Argyll, The Earl of Hopetoun and His Grace The Duke of Fife.

The Grand Master is the head of the Society, this position is currently held by His Grace The Duke of Argyll. The position of Grand Master has previously been held by Sir George J Bull, Mr Michael Jackaman, Ian Good CBE, Patrick Ricard, Sarah Troughton and Peter Gordon amongst many other respected figures.

The Right Honourable The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine, KT

The Earl of Elgin is Chief of the Name of Bruce, a Member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for 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 Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, KT, DL, FRSE

Lord Macfarlane was Chairman of Guinness Plc, United Distillers Plc, Macfarlane Group (Clansman) Plc, American Trust Plc, and a former Deputy Chairman of the Clydesdale Bank. He was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1992, 1993 and 1997, and served as Grand Master of the Keepers of the Quaich from 1998-99.


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 Queen’s Bodyguard for 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.


Patron, Sarah Troughton

Sarah Troughton

Sarah Troughton is a half-sister of the late Iain, 10th Duke of Atholl. An accomplished artist, with a degree in Modern Art from Chelsea School of Art, she has exhibited her work since 1976. Sarah Troughton owns part of the Blair Atholl estate and is Senior Trustee of the Blair Charitable Trust which owns Blair Castle. She was the Society’s 21st Grand Master.


Patron, Viscount Thurso

The Right Honourable Viscount Thurso

After a career in the hotel industry, 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 2001-15. He served as Grand Master of the Keepers of the Quaich from 2008-11, and he is Chairman of VisitScotland.


The Right Honourable The Earl of Dalhousie OStJ

Lord Dalhousie is Chairman of Jamestown Investments Ltd, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Dunedin Smaller Companies Investment Trust, and Brechin Castle Centre Ltd. He is President of the Caledonian Club and the British Deer Society, and is Vice Chairman of the Esk District Salmon Fishery Board. A Brigade Commander in the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers), he is also Vice Lord Lieutenant for the County of Angus. In 2009, he was appointed Lord Steward of Her Majesty’s Household. Lord Dalhousie served as Grand Master of the Keepers of the Quaich from 2014-15.


His Grace The Duke of Argyll

The Duke of Argyll is Master of the Queen’s Household in Scotland, Admiral of the Western Coasts and Isles, and Chief of Clan Campbell. He is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. Until 2007, he was Commercial Manager for Chivas Brothers’ interests in Australasia and Asia Pacific. He now runs Inveraray Castle, his ancestral estate in Argyll, which is one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. He is the current Grand Master.


Patron, The Earl of Hopetoun

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. His background is in physics and engineering, as a nuclear and particle physicist and a software and systems engineering director. He is the Chairman of the Historic Houses Association Scotland.


His Grace
The Duke of Atholl

Bruce George Donald Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl, is is a resident of South Africa. He is Chief of Clan Murray, holds a volunteer commission in the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, and is Colonel-in-Chief of the Atholl Highlanders, which has its headquarters at Blair Castle, headquarters of the Keepers of the Quaich.


Patron, His Grace the Duke of Fife

His Grace
the Duke of Fife

The Duke of Fife is a great grandson of John Dewar, the founder of John Dewar & Sons. After a career in Corporate Finance and Chartered Accountancy, he acquired a land management diploma from the Royal College of Cirencester to run his family estate at Kinnaird Castle in Angus. He is director of the Elsick Development Company which is currently creating the new town of Chapelton close to Aberdeen.


Earl of Moray

The Earl of Moray

The 21st Earl of Moray succeeded to his father’s title in 2011. Educated at Loretto School and University College London, he is Chairman of Moray Estates, which is currently developing a planned housing community for 14,000 people at Tornagrain, seven miles from Inverness. Moray Estates are major producers of malting and barley.

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