The Wild Boar of Westmorland, a savage beast, terrorised pilgrims in the Lake District in the time of King John.
In 1207 Sir Richard "the Rider" de Gilpin fought the great Wild Boar and after a terrible struggle was victorious.
For his courage Sir Richard was granted the Wild Boar as the symbol of the Gilpin family which has endured to the present day.
400 years later Sir Richard's descendent, George Gilpin, was sent by Queen Elizabeth the First as ambassador to Holland where he was one of the first Englishmen to enjoy (and bring home) the new Dutch "Genever". We don't know whether Good Queen Bess preferred George Gilpin's gin to Sir Walter Raleigh's potatoes, but we do know that within a few years there were hundreds of gin distilleries in London.