Records of Banks & Co Ltd, printers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • 4 guardbooks for beer labels, wines, spirits, tea and other products, 1929–1939;
  • Label guardbook for spirit brands of Edward Young & Co Ltd, 1939–1962;
  • Label guardbook for spirit brands of Hill, Thomson & Co, Edinburgh, 1959–1968;
  • Index book, 1936.

Administrative / Biographical History

Banks & Co Ltd , a firm of engravers and printers, was situated at 12 George Street, Edinburgh by at least 1929  . They later expanded to occupy 53 George Street, this taking place by 1968  . Their detailed history is unknown except that they produced beer, wines, spirits and tea labels. By 1971  they were based at the Grange Printing Works, 15A Causwayside, Edinburgh The company became defunct on 6th December 1982.


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc, 1987.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which 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. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected.

Related Material

GB 802302: Records of Edward Young & Co Ltd (private collection, enquiries to Business Archives Council, London, England)

Location of Originals

This material is original


Label books (see GB 0248 BKS 11).

No known publications using this material.

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 Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archives Assistant, 17 December 1999. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 8 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 20 December 2001, and Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 14 June 2002.

Geographical Names