Records of Alexander Deuchar Ltd, wine and spirit merchants, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Scope and Content

  • Private ledgers, 1934-1955;
  • General journals, 1948-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Deuchar,  1848-1913 , was a brother of brewers  James Deuchar and  Robert Deuchar, who were based at  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. The family came originally from  Forfarshire, Scotland. Alexander Deuchar was "involved in the licensed trade and owned a number of public houses in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, including the Westmoreland Arms."

In c1907 he combined with Messrs Reid, Laing and Higginbottom, who also appear to have been involved in the licensed trade, in order to receive a greater discount from brewers  William McEwan & Co Ltd,  Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1907 he also received a loan of £10,000 from  William McEwan & Co Ltd on a first mortgage on the Scotia.

By 1922 three of the company's licensed premises in Newcastle-upon-Tyne - the Victoria Hotel, the Clock and the Queen Victoria - were rented from  James Deuchar Ltd,  Sunderland, England and  Montrose, Scotland. Scottish Brewers Ltd acquired 9000 shares in the company in the 1930s and another 10,000 in 1946, with the remainder acquired in 1953. Scottish Brewers merged with Newcastle Breweries Ltd , Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England , in 1960 and changed its name to Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd .

Sources:  Bennison, Brian. Brewers and Bottlers of Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 1850 to the Present Day (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: City Library and Arts, 1995)

William McEwan & Co Ltd. Letter Book P, No 5, 1905-1918 (see GB 0248 SNM 3/2)

James Deuchar Ltd. Letter (see GB 0248 JD 9/4/1)

Family tree compiled by Alexander D Deuchar, 1981 (see GB 0248 RD 13/1/1).


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

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Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures. The collection is likely to remain unaltered.

Custodial History

The records were formerly held by  Scottish & Newcastle plc before being transferred to the Scottish Brewing Archive. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


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Related Material

  • GB 0248 JD: Records of James Deuchar Ltd;
  • GB 0248 RD: Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd;
  • GB 0248 SNM: Records of William McEwan & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland;
  • GB 0248 SB : Records of Scottish Brewers Ltd;
  • GB 183 DS. RD: Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd;
  • GB 183 DT. AD: Records of Alexander Deuchar Ltd;
  • GB 183 DS. JD: Records of James Deuchar Ltd.

Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and 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.

Fonds level description compiled by Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archive Assistant, 2 December 1999. Catalogue revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 14 January 2002. Fonds level description converted to Encoded Archival Description by GUAS staff, 8 June 2005. Ammended by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 28 November 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 09 May 2012. Lower levels converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michael Beesley, Archive Assistant, July 2013. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 04 November 2013.