Records of United Caledonian Breweries Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association of various companies 1930-1965;
  • Amalgamation/Liquidation papers 1960s;
  • Records relating to directors' meetings 1960-1971;
  • Records relating to members' meetings 1961-1969;
  • Directors annual reports and accounts to shareholders 1963-1969;
  • Committee minutes and related papers 1963;
  • Shareholding records 1960-1971;
  • Financial records 1963-1969;
  • Appointments and contracts of employment 1962;
  • Salaries and wages records 1963;
  • Industrial relations 1962;
  • Property records 1963-1965.

Administrative / Biographical History

United Caledonian Breweries Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, was registered in May 1960 as a limited liability company. It operated as a management company for the Scottish interests of Northern Breweries of Great Britain Ltd (later United Breweries Ltd ), York, England , and London, England, which merged in 1962 with Charrington & Co Ltd , London, through a holding company, Charrington United Breweries Ltd , London. In 1963 the company took over the training interests of Aitchison Jeffrey Ltd , Heriot Brewery, Edinburgh; James Aitken & Co (Falkirk) Ltd , The Brewery, Falkirk, Scotland ; James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd , Shore Brewery, Alloa, Scotland ; John Fowler & Co Ltd , The Brewery, Prestonpans, Lothian, Scotland ; William Murray & Co Ltd , Craigmillar Brewery, Edinburgh; and George Younger & Co Ltd , Meadow Brewery, Alloa. In 1964 it controlled 440 licensed outlets. In 1966 the company merged with J & R Tennent Ltd , Wellpark Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland, to form Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd

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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Acquisition Information

Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd

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Custodial History

The collection was previously stored at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. 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 T: Records of Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd

GB 0248 CBL: Records of Caledonian Breweries Ltd

GB 0248 CUB: Records of Charrington United Breweries Ltd

GB 0248 GY: Records of George Younger & Son Ltd

GB 0248 JF: Records of John Fowler & Co Ltd

GB 0248 WMC: Records of William Murray & Co Ltd

GB 0248 JA: Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd

GB 0248 JJ: Records of John Jeffrey & Co Ltd

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), 20 November 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, 17 May 2012.

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