Records of Turner, Ayr & Newton Breweries Ltd, brewers and bottlers, Ayr, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1957–1968;
  • Shareholding records, 1898–1964;
  • Financial records, 1921–1966;
  • Public relations, 1905.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Muir Turner , coachman, took tenancy of Kyle Tavern, Ayr, Scotland , in 1868  . He took over and moved to Vulcan Tavern, Ayr , in 1870  , and acquired the Foresters Arms, Newton–upon–Ayr, Scotland , in 1879  . In 1881  he bought Newton Brewery, Newton–upon–Ayr (est. 1789  ), from the executors of D B Young and in 1887  he purchased Royal Citadel Stores , wine shippers and retailers, Ayr , from the Fullarton family. By the 1880s  mineral water manufacture had begun at the Newton Brewery. Turner's Ayr & Newton Breweries Ltd was registered in March 1898  to acquire the business and that of James Watson & Co , Ayr Brewery, Ayr (est. 1823  ). Brewing ceased in 1911–1912  at the Ayr Brewery, which became the main centre of operations for Western Contracting Co Ltd (later Westcon Ltd ), outside caterers, set up as a subsidiary after 1918  . The Newton Brewery ceased to brew in 1929  , continuing as a mineral water factory until 1936  , and thereafter acting as a bottling and distribution centre. The company's name changed to Turner's (Ayr) Ltd in about 1930  and was linked from 1934  with J & R Tennent Ltd , Glasgow, Scotland , being completely taken over by them in 1960  . The company was dissolved on 6 August 1991  .


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

No physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and 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. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected.

Related Material

GB 0248 T: Records of Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd.

Location of Originals

This material is original


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

McMaster, Charles and Rutherford, Tom, The Tennent Caledonian Breweries , (1985); Close, Robert, "Scotland's Forgotten Breweries: Turner's Ayr & Newton Breweries Ltd" Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 10, (Winter 1987/88).

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), 21 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 22 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 18 April 2002.

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