Records of G Mackay & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1867;
  • Licensed premises records, 1965;
  • Property records, 1861–1926;
  • Promotional material, undated;
  • Public relations, 1791–1875;
  • Photographs, 1950s–1960s;
  • Historical notes, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

G Mackay & Co Ltd was registered in January 1908  as a limited liability company to acquire the business of the same name, established in 1867  , operating at St Leonard's Brewery, Edinburgh, Scotland . The company was taken over by Gordon & Blair (1923) Ltd , Craigwell Brewery, Edinburgh , in 1954  . Seager, Evans & Co Ltd , distillers and wine merchants, London, England , purchased the St Leonard's Brewery in 1960  and re–sold it in 1961  to Watney Mann Ltd , brewers, London, England . Brewing ceased in 1963  .


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

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

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Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

The collection was previously stored 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.


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Related Material

GB 0248 GB: Records of Gordon & Blair Ltd; GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection; GB 0248 UGD 306/1/55: Records of Seager, Evans & Co Ltd; GB 0074 B/SGR/: Records of Seager, Evans & Co Ltd (London Metropolitan Archives: City of London); GB 0041 27M84: Records of Watney Mann Ltd (Hampshire Record Office); GB 0094: Records of Watney Mann Ltd (City of Westminster Archives Centre); GB 0074 2979: Records of Watney Mann Ltd (London Metropolitan Archives: City of London); GB 0153 BR69-70: Records of Watney Mann Ltd (Norfolk Record Office).

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Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).

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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), 07 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 13 March 2002.

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