Records of Caledonian Brewing Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Plan for proposed visitor's centre 1987  ;
  • Promotional material c1987-1997  ;
  • Public relations records 1987-1997  .

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Caledonian Brewing Co Ltd ,  Edinburgh, Scotland , was incorporated on  5 May 1987  . It was created through a management buy-out in 1987, which was headed by the former manager  Dan Kane and the former brewmaster  Russell Sharp of  Lorimer & Clark's Caledonian Brewery . The Caledonian Brewery had been owned by  Vaux of  Sunderland, England , from 1919 to 1987, and had been closed in 1985.

The Caledonian Brewing Co Ltd has been continuing to brew beer in the original premises of Lorimer & Clark's Caledonian Brewery dating from  1869  with traditional methods. In 1994 the brewery suffered from a fire in the maltings, and rebuilding of the most badly affected areas occurred in 1995. A second fire in 1998 destroyed one of the three original coppers dating from 1869.

The end of 1994 saw the brewery winning contracts for new business both national and international, and brewing continues today, specialising in traditional Scottish ales. The company has an increasing export market including  France , the  USA ,  Canada and  Sweden .

In  1998  the company took over the brand of Calder's keg beers (  Calder's Brewery in  Alloa, Scotland ) on contract from Carlsberg-Tetley, and in  1999  , when  Vaux ceased trading, it bought back the Lorimer & Clark brand name.

Source: Public relations records 1987-1997 (see CAL 12/1) Scottish Brewing Archive (GB 0248)

Smith, Gavin . The Scottish Beer Bible. The Essential Guide to over 150 Scottish Beers and Lagers ( Edinburgh: Mercat, 2001 )

Companies House Website.


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Custodial History

The collection is an artificial collection that was built up in the 1990s by the Scottish Brewing Archive. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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GB 0248 LC: Records of Lorimer & Clark Ltd


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Additional Information

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Fonds level description compiled by Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archive Assistant, 3 February 2000. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 14 January 2002. Catalogue revised by Natalie Milne, Hub Archives Assistant, 1 October 2001; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 28 November 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 09 May 2012.

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