Records of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries plc, brewers, licensed premises & leisure group, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records 1961-2000;
  • Production records 1970s-1980s;
  • Public relations 1961-1999;
  • Promotional material 1961-1996;
  • Staff records 1970s-1980s;
  • Property records 1970s -1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Scottish Brewers Ltd was registered in 1931  as a limited liability company to acquire William McEwan & Co Ltd , Holyrood Brewery, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, Scotland (closed 1986). The company took over Red Tower Lager Brewery Ltd , Royal Brewery, Manchester, England , in 1956; Thomas & James Bernard Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh; J & J Morison Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, and Robert Younger Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, in 1960. It merged with Newcastle Breweries Ltd , Tyne Brewery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England , in 1960 and changed its name to Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd . Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd , Edinburgh, was formed in 1962 to combine and run the wine and spirit side of the business, gaining control of Glenallchie Distillery Co Ltd , Aberlour-on-Spey, Scotland , and Isle of Jura Distillery Co Ltd , Craighouse, Isle of Jura, Scotland , in the 1960s. The company acquired County Hotels & Wine Co Ltd in 1962; Christopher & Co Ltd , wine merchants, in 1972; Gough Brothers Ltd , wine and spirit merchants (sold 1984), in 1979; Home Brewery plc , Nottingham, England , in 1986; and Matthew Brown plc , brewers, Blackburn, Lancashire, England , in 1987.

In 1989 the company formed its Leisure Division after purchasing 74.8 per cent of Center Parcs Ltd , provision of lodgings, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England , (the remaining 25.2 per cent were bought in 1991, and the entire business sold in 2000) and in 1990 a Retail Division was formed which meant that retail was no longer integrated with the beer business. In 1993 the company acquired the Chef & Brewer Ltd estate, Northampton, England, from Grand Metropolitan plc , London, England, and in 1999 the pubs, pub restaurant and lodge business of Greenall Whitley plc , Warrington, England . Following Scottish & Newcastle's acquisition of Courage & Co Ltd , London, England, Scottish Courage Ltd was formed in 1995. The move doubled the scale of the beer business and brought brands including Foster's, Kronenbourg and John Smith's into the company's portfolio. In March 2000 Scottish & Newcastle formed a major partnership with Groupe Danone's beer business interests, Brasseries Kronenbourg of Strasbourg, France , and Alken Maes of Waarloos, Belgium . This partnership has created a major new European beer group. In August 2000 the company entered into a joint venture to run the Portuguese brewer and distributor Central De Cervejas (Centralcer) of Lisbon, Portugal.

In 2002 the company employed 40,000 people in the UK and Europe, and continued to brew at the Fountain Brewery, Edinburgh, the Tyne Brewery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, T & R Theakston's Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire, England , John Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England , the Berkshire Brewery, Reading, England , the Royal Brewery, Manchester, England , and at Beamish & Crawford, Cork, Ireland .

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

Scottish & Newcastle Company website


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

Access Information

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

Material under 30 years old is closed to access. It is advised that you should contact the archivist before visiting.

Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc

Other Finding Aids

An incomplete file list is available in the search room . The collection is still being catalogued.

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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 SNM: Records of William McEwan & Co Ltd

GB 0248 WY: Records of William Younger & Co Ltd

GB 0248 SB: Records of Scottish Brewers Ltd

GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection

GB 0248 TJB: Records of T & J Bernard Ltd

GB 0248 JJM: Records of J & J Morison Ltd

GB 0248 RY: Records of Robert Younger Ltd

GB 0248 MAC: Records of Mackinlay-McPherson

GB 0183 1463: Records of Newcastle Breweries Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service)

GB 0157 DD21: Records of Home Brewery Co Ltd (Nottinghamshire Archives)

GB 802302 BAC: Records of Matthew Brown plc (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

GB 0074 Acc 2305/8: Records of Courage & Co Ltd, brewers (London Metropolitan Archives)

GB 802302: Records of John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery Ltd (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

GB 802302: Records of T & R Theakston Ltd, brewers (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

GB 0627: Records of Beamish & Crawford Ltd, brewers (Cork Archives Institute)


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

Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 20 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 26 March 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 09 January 2009; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 11 May 2012.