Records of the Alhambra Bar, licensed premises, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Beer and ale purchase book, 1922-1967;
  • Spirits purchase book, 1923-1963;
  • Spirit dealer's stock book, 1907-1939;
  • Inventory of stock, 1922;
  • Extract from valuation roll for 163-169 Portobello Road, 1909;
  • The Spirit Traders and Licensed Victuallers' Reducing table, c19th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

The licensed premises called the Alhambra Bar , 227 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, Scotland , were leased from G Mackay & Co Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, sometime after 1910  by Alex Milligan . He had previously leased the Cross Keys Inn at Slateford, Edinburgh . He had received training in bar management at a public house in Portobello Road, Edinburgh owned by Mr Adams. Mr Milligan operated the Alhambra Bar for around 50 years.

Source: Letter from Alex Milligan to Alma Topen concerning the records of the Alhambra Bar 1992 (GB 0248 AB/9/9/2)


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

Access Information

Private records deposited by the owners.


Acquisition Information

DEPOSIT : Alex Milligan : 1992

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

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

Deposited in Scottish Brewing Archive by Alex Milligan in 1992. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected

Related Material

GB 0248 MK: Records of G Mackay & Co Ltd


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archive Assistant, 2 December 1999. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Revised by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 19 December 2001; Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 06 June 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 27 November 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 04 May 2012.

Geographical Names