Records of the A S Cairns & Rawson Ltd, bottlers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association 1944;
  • Liquidation papers 1967-1968;
  • Minutes of directors 1954-1967;
  • Directors's annual reports and accounts to shareholders 1946-1966;
  • Financial records 1949-1963;
  • Salaries and wages records 1961-1962;
  • Property records 1953-1963;
  • Promotional material 1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

A S Cairns & Rawson Ltd were beer and cider bottlers, and aerated water manufacturers in Edinburgh, Scotland. Little is known regarding the founders of the company, other than at the beginning of the 1900s Alex Cairns & Son were wholesale wine and spirit merchants operating in Leith, Scotland, and Harry Rawson worked for James Robertson & Co, who were aerated water manufacturers.

In 1944 Alex Cairns & Son became a limited company in order to acquire the business of A S Cairns & Rawson and once in business they supplied large hotels and restaurants in Edinburgh. They were also responsible for producing St Ronan's lemonade. A year or two after this it appears the company became a subsidiary of James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd of Alloa, Scotland. In or around 1956 the company moved its operations to Bankhead Medway, Sighthill, Edinburgh, where James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd had opened a new bottling plant. But in 1967 the company went into voluntary liquidation.


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

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Acquisition Information

Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd

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Appraisal Information

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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 248 JC: Records of the James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd

Location of Originals

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