Doddie Weir OBE

All of us at Annandale Distillery are greatly saddened to learn of the death of Doddie Weir. We first encountered Doddie, out with the orbit of Scottish rugby, when in 2013 he arrived on-site, completely unannounced, as a representative of Hutchison Environmental. Doddie went on to design our domestic effluent system and during the course of his many visits, became a good friend of the Distillery.

We were delighted to invite Doddie back to Annandale on December 1st, 2014, to fill our very first barrel of peated spirit (Cask 40). To this day there is a magnificent life-size picture of Doddie in our filling store, hammering the bung into ‘his’ cask.

In October 2015, Doddie re-visited us for the official opening of the Distillery, in the presence HRH The Princess Royal. The fact that The Princess Royal is Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union was a very happy coincidence, and both she and Doddie seemed to enjoy each other’s company.

On learning that Doddie had so cruelly fallen victim to MND, we invited him back to Annandale in December 2017 to fill the first bottles of Cask 40. Most of the first batch of 100 bottles were donated in various ways to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Whilst Doddie may have lost his personal battle with MND, what he achieved in the war against this disease has been astounding.

Doddie was a great man. May his soul rest in peace and may his bereaved family and friends take comfort in the joy that he spread by dint of his very existence.


David Thomson & Teresa Church
Owners – Annandale Distillery

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