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The distillery was originally founded in 1897 under the name "Glen Grant 2" It's founder was Major James Grant, and it was just intended to be an extension of Glen Grant, which is situated on the other side of the main road. Both distilleries were joined by a pipe-line, known as "the whisky pipe" by the inhabitants of Rothes. The legend says that people of Rothes made some holes in the pipe, in order to get their own part of the spirit. This would have caused some floods in the town of Rothes. The distillery was closed in the beginning of the 19th century, because of a decreasing demand for whisky. No production between 1901 and 1965, when it was reopened by "The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd". The production made good progresses, and two new stills were added, and, the distillery has been modernised in order to be run by just two people. In 1978, "The Chivas and Glenlivet Group (Seagram)" took over the distillery, together with Longmorn, Benriach, Glen Grant et The Glenlivet. The Seagram distillery division became part of the French group Pernod-Ricard in 2000.