Records of James Aitken & Co (Falkirk) Ltd, brewers, Falkirk, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1900-1967;
  • Shareholding records, 1964;
  • Financial records, 1961-1963;
  • Production records, 1921;
  • Staff records, 1947;
  • Licensed premises records, 1960;
  • Property, 1766-1965;
  • Promotional material, 1855-1960;
  • Public relations, 1940;
  • Photographs, 1930s-1940s;
  • Historical notes, 1879-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Aitken & Co (Falkirk) Ltd was registered as a limited liability company in June 1900 to acquire the business of the same name, established in Falkirk, Scotland in 1740 by James Aitken. Its trading address was The Brewery, 17 Lint Riggs, Falkirk. The company acquired the North Port Brewery, Brechin, Scotland, in 1910 (closed 1914); the Rothbury Brewery, Rothbury, England, in 1911 ; and the business of T Y Patterson, Craigmillar, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1936.

The company exported world-wide and had offices in Glasgow, Scotland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and Richmond, England. It operated the Mains Maltings, Linlithgow, Scotland, built in 1875. It was acquired in September 1960 by Northern Breweries of Great Britain Ltd, York, England, later United Breweries Ltd, which merged with Charrington & Co Ltd, London, England, in 1962 through a holding company, Charrington United Breweries Ltd, London. The Falkirk brewery closed in 1966.

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.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The majority is from Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 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 248 AJ: Records of Aitchison Jeffrey Ltd

GB 248 UCB: Records of United Caledonian Breweries Ltd

GB 248 T: Records of Tennent Caledonian Breweries

GB 248 CUB: Records of Charrington United Breweries Ltd

GB 802302: Records of Charrington United Breweries Ltd (private collection, see Richmond & Turton, 'The brewing industry', 1990)

GB 802302 BAC: Records of Charrington & Co Ltd, brewers (private collection, see Richmond & Turton, 'The brewing industry', 1990)

GB 802302 no 619: Records of United Breweries Ltd (private collection, see Richmond & Turton, 'The brewing industry', 1990)

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