THE SKENE CLAN HISTORY
Skene Is An Ancient Scots Family
The motto of the clan is translated as “a palace the reward of bravery”.
The lands of Skene are in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland.
Legend has it that they are derived from the Clan Robertson.
It is said that in the 11th century the son of the clan chief saved the kings life by killing a wolf with his knife (Skene) and he was rewarded with the lands named after this feat.
KENE OF BURNSIDE
A few miles south of the town of Elgin in an area called Glassgreen is located Burnside croft where the Skene’s can trace back to the early 1700’s.
In the heart of malt whisky country “Burnside” is situated on the burn of Linkwood which is in itself in the shadow of the Linkwood, Longmorn and Benriach distilleries.
Andrew Skene who runs the Scotland based operation is a direct descendant of the Burnside Skenes. His gr great grandfather John Skene who was born on the croft was a cooper (barrel maker).
About Andrew Skene
Born in Aberdeen on the doorstep of Speyside (Scotch Whiskies heartland), Andrew’s family have many connections with the Scotch Whisky industry over the years from coopers and coppersmiths to a g grandfather who ran a label printers in Aberdeen, Whisky has always been in his blood!
With a background in production and marketing spent a decade in Asia, importing, distributing and promoting Scotch Whisky.
Having worked extensively in SE Asia and all over India, with the demand growing for unique bottlings he returned home to Scotland early 2014.
TODAY WE HAVE OUR CASKS SITTING IN A DUNNAGE WAREHOUSE A MERE 3 MILES FROM THE ORIGINAL SKENE CROFT.