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Michael and Ian Urquhart

Ian and Michael Urquhart, both previously MDs of whisky firm Gordon & MacPhail, and whose current roles include president of Johnstons of Elgin and chairman of the Scottish Committee of the Worshipful Company of Distillers respectively, have both have received CBEs.

Ian Urquhart said: “I have had the privilege to lead two successful family-owned Moray companies. They are two very different businesses – single malt Scotch whisky and Scottish cashmere – yet they share a commitment to producing the highest-quality iconic products, now exported to over 60 markets throughout the world.”

Michael Urquhart said: “I like to think this [CBE] is not mine alone, but recognises the Urquhart family as a whole and our role in building a grocer’s shop in Elgin into a thriving business.” He said he is as busy as ever in the Scotch whisky industry, and “combined with my non-executive director role at the National Theatre for Scotland and my involvement in the Moray Growth Deal, I seem to find plenty of things to do”.

Moray Lord Lieutenant Seymour Monro said: “Ian has made a tremendous contribution to Gordon & MacPhail and to Johnstons of Elgin. He continues to be a most conscientious Deputy Lieutenant.

“Michael too had a distinguished career with Gordon & MacPhail and has made outstanding contributions to the Scottish whisky industry.

“It was sad that their brother, David, who also led Gordon & MacPhail and brought the European Pipe Band Championships to Forres, died before he too could have been recognised. All the brothers have been great local benefactors.”