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 Alex Cairns & Son 1900s  were wholesale wine and spirit merchants operating in Leith, Scotland , and Harry Rawson worked for James Robertson & Co , who were aerated water manufacturers.

In Alex Cairns & Son 1944  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.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom

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


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Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archive Assistant, 16 March 2000. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 12 February 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 19 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 09 May 2012.