Sir Brian McGrath dies
13th June, 2016 by Rupert Millar
Sir Brian McGrath MW, a long-standing member of the trade and private secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 90.
sir brian mcgrath 2He served in the Irish Guards during the war and when invalided out in 1946 he followed his uncle Raymond into the wine business; the latter being chairman of Taylor Walker, the Victoria Wine Company, Cannon Brewery and Slough Estates.
Working at Taylor Walker, Cannon Brewery and the Victoria Wine Company over the years, he became a master of wine in 1956 and then serving as chairman himself between 1960 and 1982.
During his time there the chain operated 1,000 branches and he also negotiated a deal with Warnink to distribute Advocaat in the UK – where it, briefly, became one of the top-selling liqueurs.
He was also made a director of Grants of St James’s in 1960 (and served as chairman from 1975-1982) and was a director of Allied Breweries from 1970-1982.
In 1982 he was chosen to become assistant private secretary to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. When the incumbent secretary, Lord Rupert Nevill, died very suddenly in July the same year, McGrath found himself promoted.
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