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John Begg

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August 1923.

of Glasgow and Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Balmoral

1845 John Begg built his distillery, New Lochnagar, on the banks of the river Dee, about a mile from the royal residence of Balmoral

1848 The distillery was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, leading to the issue of a Royal Warrant. The distillery thus became Royal Lochnagar

1906 The business was incorporated as John Begg Limited (company number 87636, some sources give 1902 as the date of incorporation). This development coincided with the rebuilding of the distillery and the move of bottling and blending operations to Glasgow

1916 John Dewar and Sons, distillers, of Perth took over John Begg

1925 John Dewar became part of Distillers Co. In subsequent amalgamations John Begg came to be part of Diageo

2007 John Begg Limited was finally dissolved as a company

2020 Royal Lochnagar continued to operate as the smallest among Diageo's portfolio of whisky distilleries

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