Records of Glasgow & District Licensed Trade Defence Association, trade association, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Directors' minute book 1928-1933;
  • Directors' annual reports and accounts to shareholders 1899-1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

Around 1863 James McWilliam of Messrs J & J McWilliam , Queen St, Glasgow, Scotland , helped, with others, form the Association. The organisation did just as their title implied, and defended and represented the licensed trade, which included publicans  , brewers  , distillers  , and those in licensed trades generally, both in court and out. The Association protested against taxes, laws regulating opening hours, and matters such as appealing for the reduction of assessed rental where a licence holder owned licensed premises. They also entered into a lengthy battle with the temperance movement. Many regions had their own Licensed Trade Defence Association. Although it is known the organisation was still in existence in 1933, very little else is known to date about the association's history.


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

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Acquisition Information

Paul Dean

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Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Scottish Brewing Archivist

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 purchased at the Barras Market in Glasgow, Scotland, and then donated to the Scottish Brewing Archive at Glasgow University. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), October 31 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 10 May 2012.

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