Records of Archibald Arrol & Sons Ltd, brewers, Alloa, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Prospectus, 1895;
  • Patents and trademarks, 1891-1894;
  • Production records, 1916-1936;
  • Sales records, n.d.;
  • Staff records, 1862;
  • Promotional material, 1953-1989;
  • Photographs, c1900-1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Alloa Brewery Company and its brewery, the Alloa Brewery, were established in  1810  by  William Foote,  Ebenezer Thompson and  Andrew Roy, who was the manager of the concern, in  Alloa, Scotland. By 1825 Andrew Roy had bought out his partners and the brewery was trading under the name of  Andrew Roy & Co. After 1837 the neighbouring  Hutton Park Brewery of John H Syme was also acquired. In 1848 Andrew Roy was joined by his eldest son  Robert M Roy. However, after Andrew Roy's death in 1855 the Alloa Brewery and the Hutton Park Brewery were conveyed to trustees by way of Deed of Settlement. The business was run by the trustees until 1860 when the whole business was acquired by Robert Roy, but in 1866 the Alloa Brewery passed into the hands of  Archibald T Arrol of  Glasgow, Scotland.

Archibald Arrol was originally from the  Buchlyvie area of  West Stirlingshire, Scotland, where his family were farmers. As a young man Archibald Arrol moved to Glasgow where he became a merchant and eventually a burgess of the city. He became involved in the liquor trade, entering into the partnership of  Taver & Arrol of Glasgow who held the Glasgow and West of Scotland agency for Roy's Alloa Ales. When the Alloa Brewery came on the market in 1866 it was purchased by Archibald Arrol. After Arrol's death in 1888 the business passed to his younger sons Walter and Archibald who continued the recovery of the company which had been initiated by their father.

In  Archibald Arrol & Sons Ltd 1895  was registered as a limited liability company to acquire and amalgamate the business of  Walter & Archibald Arrol with the brewery businesses of J Meikle and William Turnbull, both of  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. In 1901 the company purchased  Dove & Newsome Baxter Ltd of Newcastle-on-Tyne and  Thornton-le-Moore, North Yorkshire, England (est. 1898, brewing ceased 1909). In 1910 Arthur's Hill Brewery Co Ltd (est. 1865), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was acquired and from 1921 on the company took over the production of lager for  Samuel Allsopp & Sons Ltd,  Burton-on-Trent, England. In 1930 a controlling interest in Archibald Arrol & Sons Ltd was acquired by Samuel Allsopp & Sons Ltd. In  1951  the company went into voluntary liquidation and its undertaking, including 29 licensed houses was acquired by  Ind Coope & Allsopp Ltd, Burton-on-Trent. Brewing continued on the site, operated from 1984 to 1998 by the  Alloa Brewery Co Ltd.The brewery was taken over by  Carlsberg-Tetley plc,  Northampton, England, in January 1990.

Sources:  McMaster, Charles. Alloa Ale. History of the Brewing Industry in Alloa (Edinburgh: Alloa Brewery Co Ltd, 1984)

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


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

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Acquisition Information

Carlsberg-Tetley plc

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 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. More material was deposited by Carlsberg-Tetley plc in 1998. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 37/3: Papers of Archibald Arrol (Glasgow University Archive Services)

GB 802302 BAC: Records of Archibald Arrol & Sons Ltd (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

GB 802302 BAC: Records of Samuel Allsopp & Sons Ltd (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

GB 169 D3233: Records of Samuel Allsopp & Sons Ltd (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire Record Office)


McMaster, Charles. Alloa Ale. A History of the Brewing Industry in Alloa (Edinburgh: Alloa Brewery Co Ltd, 1984)

McMaster, Charles. Men of Brewing. Archibald Arrol in Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No 10 (Winter 1987/88)

Heslop, A J. The Sorry State of Arrol's Brewery in The Annual Journal of the Scottish Brewing Archive Vol. 3 (2001)

Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 25 October 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Revised and administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 13 March 2002. Revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 09 April 2009, and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 04 May 2012.

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