Records of McEwan-Younger Ltd, export, naval and military trade, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records 1931-1958;
  • Financial records 1931-1957;
  • Sales records 1931-1958;
  • Property records 1932-1956;
  • Promotional records 1932-1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

McEwan-Younger Ltd , Edinburgh, Scotland , was registered on 19 June 1931  to handle all military and naval contracts, and overseas business of William McEwan & Co Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh and William Younger & Co Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh. The two companies had earlier in the same year combined to form Scottish Brewers Ltd , Edinburgh.

William McEwan & Co Ltd had previously won a far greater share of the UK's export and military markets and this was recognised by the formation of this new company. Both breweries would provide their beer to the new sales company at cost, and 75 per cent of the profits made by McEwan-Younger Ltd would go to William McEwan & Co Ltd.

During and after the Second World War McEwan-Younger's overseas trade was far from satisfactory, and by 1955 they had to accept that its export markets might never fully recover. As a consequence the Abbey Brewery in Edinburgh, which had been working mainly for McEwan-Younger, was closed down by Scottish Brewers Ltd and turned into offices.

Little more is known about the company's history, but it was still in existence in 2002 as a non-trading company.

Sources: Keir, David . The Younger Centuries. The Story of William Younger & Co Ltd 1749 to 1949 ( Edinburgh: William Younger & Co Ltd, 1951 )

Ritchie, Berry . Good Company. The Story of Scottish & Newcastle ( London: James & James, 1999 )


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

The collection was previously housed with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot-Watt University. 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 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection

GB 0248 SB: Records of Scottish Brewers Ltd

GB 0248 SNB: Records of Scottish & Newcastle plc

GB 0248 SNM: Records of William McEwan & Co Ltd

GB 0248 WY: Records of William Younger & Co Ltd


Ritchie, Berry . Good Company. The Story of Scottish & Newcastle ( London: James & James, 1999 )

Dean, Paul . The Silver Peacock Trademark in Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No 24 (Winter 1994/5)

Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), Wednesday 7 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised and administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 13 March 2002. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 09 January 2009; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 10 May 2012.

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