Records of Caledonian Breweries Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association 1960;
  • Certificate of incorporation 1960;
  • Minutes of directors' meetings 1960;
  • Directors' reports and annual accounts to shareholders 1963-1970;
  • Shareholding records 1960-1969;
  • Financial records 1960 -1962.

Administrative / Biographical History

Caledonian Breweries Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, was incorporated under the Companies Act of 1948 as a limited liability company on 29 April 1960. It was created as a wholly owned subsidiary of Northern Breweries of Great Britain Ltd, based in York, North Yorkshire, England and London, England, in order to manage on behalf of the parent firm five Scottish breweries: George Younger & Son Ltd of Alloa, Scotland, John Fowler & Co Ltd of Prestonpans, Scotland William Murray & Co Ltd of Edinburgh, Scotland John Aitchison & Co Ltd of Edinburgh and John Jeffrey & Co Ltd of Edinburgh. Although the firms were to continue to trade under their own names, Caledonian Breweries Ltd managed the production for the group as well as advertising and marketing.

Caledonian Breweries Ltd appears to have been the immediate predecessor of United Caledonian Breweries Ltd, which merged in 1962 with Charrington & Co Ltd of London, England through a holding company, Charrington United Breweries Ltd. In 1966 United Caledonian Breweries merged with J & R Tennent Ltd to form Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd.

Although the Caledonian Breweries Ltd did not trade from 1965 onwards, it remained a dormant company until 1968 when it was probably dissolved.

Sources: Donnachie, Ian. "A History of the Brewing Industry in Scotland" (Edinburgh: J. Donald, 1979, paperback ed 1998)

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

Memorandum and Articles of Association (see CBL 1/1/1)

George Younger & Son Ltd Press cuttings (see GY 12/1/2)


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Acquisition Information

Deposited by Tennent Caledonian Breweries

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Custodial History

The collection was deposited from the Tennent Caledonian Breweries' head office in Glasgow 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 248 CUB: Records of Charrington United Breweries Ltd;
  • GB 248 GY: Records of George Younger & Son Ltd;
  • GB 248 JF: Records of John Fowler & Co Ltd;
  • GB 248 WMC: Records of William Murray & Co Ltd;
  • GB 248 JA: Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd;
  • GB 248 JJ: Records of John Jeffrey & Co Ltd;
  • GB 248 UCB: Records of United Caledonian Breweries Ltd.

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