Records of W & J Raeburn, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Staff records, c.1930s;
  • Promotional material, 1863;
  • Photographs, c.1900–1970s;
  • Historical notes, 1897.

Administrative / Biographical History

W & J Raeburn brewed at the Merchant Street Brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland , from at least 1863  until about 1897  when the brewery was bought by the trustees of the nearby Heriot College for the purpose of the extension of their college. W & R Raeburn then built a new brewery at Craigmillar, Edinburgh . The Craigmillar New Brewery of W & R Raeburn was established in 1901  . In 1913  the brewery was acquired by Edinburgh brewers Robert Younger Ltd . Brewing ceased at Raeburn's former brewery in 1931  as an inter-war economy measure, but never resumed. However, the maltings were still in operation and were leased from 1939  until 1960  to William McEwan & Co Ltd , brewers of Edinburgh, and following the take-over of Robert Younger Ltd by Scottish Brewers Ltd in 1960  , were used by the latter firm until 1975  . The brewery building had been sold in 1951  to the Brewers Food Supply Co Ltd , Edinburgh , for processing draff. Scottish & Newcastle plc briefly revived the brand name in the mid–1990s, but this was only short–lived.


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

Custodial History

Unknown. 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 BFS: Records of Brewer's Food Supply Co Ltd; GB 0248 SNM: Records of William McEwan & Co Ltd; GB 0248 RY: Records of Robert Younger Ltd; GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection.

Location of Originals

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McMaster, Charles, 'The Breweries of Craigmillar and Duddingston', Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 9, (Summer 1987); The National Guardian , (12 November 1897).

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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), 22 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 16 April 2002.

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