Let’s raise a dram to Mrs. Janet Roberts as she claimed the title of Scotland’s Oldest Lady on August 13th. Janet is the last surviving granddaughter of William Grant, the founder of the Glenfiddich Distillery, William showed true pioneering spirit in creating his own distillery against all the financial odds, and that sense of determination and endeavor has unquestionably been passed down through the generations.
Janet is the matriarch of the Grant family which still owns and runs William Grant & Sons td, one of the last remaining independent distillers in Scotland and best known as the producers of Glenfiddich, the world’s leading single malt whisky. She was born in the wild, bleak uplands of ‘The Cabrach;’ renowned in the past as a center for illicit distilling and situated mid-way between Inverness and Aberdeen.
Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities both featured in Janet’s education, and she studied law at the latter, where she met her future husband, fellow lawyer Eric Roberts. Eric went on to become Chairman of William Grant & Sons Ltd, and today Janet’s nephew Charles, remains active as Life President at the age of 83, while her great-nephew Peter Grant Gordon is the current Chairman, while other family members also play a significant role in running the company.
Janet Roberts still lives within a few miles of Glenfiddich Distillery, situated in the whisky-producing heartland of Speyside, and this remarkable and indomitable lady continues to exemplify the virtues of independence and cherished heritage which are so dear to her whole family.
Cheers to Janet!