Records of Scottish Brewers Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records 1931-1960;
  • Shareholding records 1931-1955;
  • Financial records 1931-1967;
  • Production records 1944-1960;
  • Staff records 1936-1953;
  • Licensed premises records 1931-1959;
  • Property records 1935-1973;
  • Public relations 1960-1993.

Administrative / Biographical History

Scottish Brewers Ltd was registered in 1931  as a limited liability company to acquire William McEwan & Co Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland , and William Younger & Co Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh. The company took over Red Tower Lager Brewery Ltd , Manchester, England , in 1956, Thomas & James Bernard Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, and J & J Morison Ltd , Edinburgh and Robert Younger Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, in 1960. It merged with Newcastle Breweries Ltd , Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England , in 1960 and changed its name to Scottish & Newcastle 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.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist

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.


None expected

Related Material

GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection

GB 0248 SNB: Records of Scottish & Newcastle plc

GB 0248 SNM: Records of William McEwan & Co Ltd

GB 0248 WY: Records of William Younger & Co Ltd

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


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), Tuesday 20 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised and administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 02 April 2002. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 09 January 2009; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 11 May 2012.

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