Glenury Royal was to be found at the fishing port and resort of Stonehaven. Its founder, Captain Robert Barclay, was a local Member of Parliament and also an athlete and marathon walker. This flamboyant character had a friend at court to whom he referred as "Mrs Windsor", through whose influence he was given permission by King William IV to append the word "Royal".
It was a component of the blends made by the small company John Gillon, a Distillers Company Limited subsidiary until the takeover by United Distillers. The distillery was mothballed in 1985 and recently demolished.