Company Chairman Jenny Urquhart is the great-granddaughter of former Johnstons of Elgin owner Eddie Harrison and represents the fourth generation of the current owning family, while Sophie George, who is currently undertaking a three-month internship at our Elgin site, is the great, great, great, great, great-granddaughter of company founder Alexander Johnston. Both women enjoy learning about the company and families' history, from their parents and grandparents. Jenny believes Modern Heritage is about continuing the underpinning values of their great grandparents, such as supporting the local community, through providing meaningful employment, while embracing new ideas to move the business forward.
"Eddie Harrison joined in 1904 as a junior partner to the third generation of the Johnston family," she explains. "He was a textile designer and an artist, very much a creative man. He was interested in the science behind how things worked and created the most exquisite designs that our design team still reference today. I think he was also a very kind man. He liked making Johnstons and the local community a great place to work and to live. I was recently reminded, by a colleague who was retiring, that he would buy two cashmere jumpers each year and have his initials embroidered onto them. He was monogramming way ahead of his time."