Records of John Young & Co Ltd, brewers, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Directors' minute books 1953-1971;
  • Shareholding records 1890-1969;
  • Financial records 1916-1971;
  • Trade marks 1966;
  • Sales records 1949-1958;
  • Property records 1968-1971;
  • Promotional material 1950s;
  • Photographs 1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Young established the Ladywell Brewery, North High Street, Fisherrow, Musselburgh, Scotland , in about 1830. John Young & Co Ltd was registered in 1891  as a limited liability company to acquire the business. The company was taken over, along with 11 licensed houses, by Whitbread & Co Ltd , London, England, in 1968 and ceased to brew in January 1969  .

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.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Whitbread Group plc

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

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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. More material came from the Whitbread Archive, London, in 2001. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Related Material

GB 802302: Records of John Young & Co Ltd (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

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), 7 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 20 February 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 19 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 17 May 2012.

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