Sir Richard “the Rider” de Guylpyn, fought and killed the beast, taking the Wild Boar of Westmorland as the symbol of the Gilpin family with the motto:

​"Dictis Factisque Simplex" - "Simple in Word and Deed"

​Sir Richard went on to fame as the scribe of Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215 where King John was persuaded to introduce the rule of law into England.

George Gilpin - Spice Trader

400 years later, Sir Richard’s descendent, George Gilpin, Secretary of the "Merchant Adventurers" spice trading guild, was appointed by Queen Elizabeth the First as her Ambassador to the Low Countries at the time of the Spanish Armada. 

​He was one of the first Englishmen to enjoy (and bring home) the new Dutch “Genever” spirit flavoured with botanical spices including juniper.

​This original Gin was the first truly global product, with spices coming from all around the known world - from as far away as China and South America.

​Within a few years there were hundreds of gin distilleries in London.

​The rest is history...

​Gilpin's Gin recaptures the simplicity of classic London Gin, a tribute to these two great men and their place in the history of the Spirit of England.

George Gilpin spice trader

GEORGE GILPIN

1514-1602

Diplomat & Spice Trader