Records of Newington Brewery, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Brewing book, 1833–1834;
  • Photographs, 1983;
  • Historical notes, 1995–1996.

Administrative / Biographical History

A brewery existed at the site of the Newington Brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland since at least 1828  , when its owner James Kerr was recorded as a brewer at 9 Sciennes, Edinburgh . James Kerr was sequestrated on 5 January 1848  and the Edinburgh brewer Charles Dick was named as trustee. Peter Jamieson , John Blair and David Robertson were named commissioners while Mr Robertson, the brewer at nearby Summerhall, was security. It is possible that William Younger & Co either took over the Newington Brewery assets and custom or that a brewer from Newington was subsequently employed at one of the Younger breweries. After the brewery had failed the buildings were converted into a whisky distillery by Andrew Pearson and named West Sciennes. The name Newington was given to the site in 1850  when Andrew Pearson was sequestrated. The building became the Glen Sciennes distillery of Thomas Duncanson & Co from 1856-1859  .


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

The brewing journal was deposited by Scottish & Newcastle plc in October 1995.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

The brewing book was found among records formerly held at William Younger's Holyrood Brewery. It was not recorded how the brewing book came into William Younger's possession. The archive moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected.

Related Material

No related material.

Location of Originals

This material is original


Topen, Alma, 'Newington Brewery', Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 26, (Winter 1995/96).

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 7 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 20 February 2002.

Geographical Names