Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd, brewers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association 1959;
  • Amalgamation papers 1959;
  • Minutes of directors 1941-1964;
  • Minutes of members' meetings 1897-1965;
  • Directors annual reports and accounts to shareholders 1913-1951;
  • Financial Records 1956-1961;
  • Sales Records 1917;
  • Property Records c20th century;
  • Promotional Material c1909-1961;
  • Photographs 1920s -1980s;
  • Family Papers 1981.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Arnison Simson operated the Sandyford Brewery , Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England , prior to 1887  when it was acquired by Robert Deuchar . Robert Deuchar Ltd was registered as a limited liability company in August 1897  to acquire the business. The company acquired Pattisons Ltd , Duddingston Brewery , Edinburgh, Scotland, and Simson & McPherson Ltd , St Mary's Brewery , Canongate, Edinburgh , in 1900. The St Mary's Brewery closed in 1901 but continued to be used as maltings until 1967. Robert Deuchar Ltd was acquired by Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd , brewers in Edinburgh, in 1941. The Sandyford Brewery ceased to brew in 1941 being used as a store in the 1940s and 1950s. The Duddingston Brewery, along with 360 tied houses, was taken over by Newcastle Breweries Ltd , Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 1954. Brewing ceased in 1961, although the maltings continued to be used until about 1970.

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


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

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Academic and personal research only, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc and various collectors

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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. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Related Material

GB 0248 SC: Records of Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd

GB 0248 BAU: Records of W H Bauley Ltd, brewers agents, Glasgow

GB 0183 DS/RD: Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Services)

GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection


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Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 29 October 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 04 February 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 December 2008, and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 10 May 2012.