Records of Thomas Usher & Son Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1895–1979;
  • Shareholding records, 1951–1979;
  • Letterbooks, 1868–1895;
  • Financial records, 1834–1981;
  • Production records, 1885–1980;
  • Sales records, 1919–1980;
  • Staff records, 1929–1934;
  • Licensed premises, records 1873–1959;
  • Property records, 1957–1980;
  • Public relations, 1950s–1975;
  • Photographs, 1920s–1970s.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Aikman & Co operated the Cowgate Brewery, Campbell's Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland , from 1817  to 1828  , followed by Hutchison, Aikman & Co from 1828  to 1831  . The brewery was acquired in 1831  by James Usher & Cunningham , trading as Usher & Co from 1839  and J & T Usher from 1843  . J & T Usher moved to the Park Brewery, St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh , in 1860  . Thomas Usher & Son Ltd was registered in March 1895  as a limited liability company to acquire the business. The company, along with 170 licensed houses, was taken over by Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd , Sunderland, England , in 1959  . Its name changed to Usher's Brewery Ltd in 1972  and in 1976  it employed 2,500 people and operated 235 tied houses. The Park Brewery was operated by Lorimer's Brewery Ltd from 1976  and was acquired by Allied Breweries Ltd , London , in 1980  . Usher's Brewery Ltd went into liquidation and the Park Brewery ceased brewing in 1981  .


The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.

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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

The collection was previously stored with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot–Watt University. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Related Material

GB 0205: Records of Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd (West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds); GB 0183 BAC: Records of Vaux Group plc (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0033 D/Va: Records of Vaux Group plc (Durham County Record Office); GB 802302 BAC: Records of Allied Breweries Ltd (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England).

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Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 21 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 22 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 9 May 2002.

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