Records of Lorimer & Clark Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1977–1979;
  • Shareholding records, 1920–1932;
  • Financial records, 1910–1978;
  • Production records, 1928–1980;
  • Sales records, 1944–1966;
  • Staff records, 1919–1965;
  • Licensed premises, records 1882–1963;
  • Property records, 1871–1980;
  • Promotional material, undated;
  • Photographs, 1970s–1982.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Lorimer began brewing in 1865  . In 1869  he formed a partnership with Robert Clark , previously a brewer at Alexander Melvin 's Boroughloch Brewery , Edinburgh, Scotland , and established the Caledonian Brewery in Slateford Road, Edinburgh . They expanded into west Scotland and north eastern England and entered into a trading agreement with C Vaux & Sons Ltd , Sunderland, England , in 1919  . Lorimer & Clark Ltd was registered in January 1920  as a limited liability company to acquire the business of the same name. The company was taken over by Vaux Associated Breweries Ltd , Sunderland, in 1946  and ceased to trade in 1963  , although the Caledonian Brewery continued to brew. In 1959  Vaux acquired Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd , brewers of Glasgow and Edinburgh and Thomas Usher & Son Ltd ’s Park Brewery, Edinburgh . In 1961  Vaux acquired another Scottish company, the firm of John Wright & Co of Perth, Scotland . Production concentrated on the two main Edinburgh plants, the Caledonian Brewery at Slateford and the Park Brewery in St Leonard's Street. After the closure of Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd the Usher brewery expanded considerably. In Thomas Usher & Son Ltd 1972  changed their name to Usher's Brewery Ltd and in c1979  to Lorimer's Breweries Ltd . The Lorimer & Clark label was revived in Scotland in the late 1970s  , which a previous trade agreement between Vaux and Usher had prevented. In Vaux Breweries Ltd 1980  sold the assets of Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd , Lorimer’s Breweries Ltd and John Wright & Co to Allied Breweries Ltd , London, England . The Caledonian Brewery continued to brew under the control of Vaux Breweries Ltd until 1985  when the brewery was closed. In 1987  the Caledonian Brewery was sold to the Caledonian Brewery Co Ltd .


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Deposited by Lorimer & Clark Ltd in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

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 0248 CAL: Records of Caledonian Brewery Co Ltd; GB 0248 TU: Records of Thomas Usher & Son Ltd; GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection; GB 0205: Records of Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd (West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds); GB 0155 NRO 1115: Records of Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd (Northumberland Record Office); GB 0183 BAC: Records of Vaux Group plc (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0033 D/Va: Records of Vaux Group plc (Durham County Record Office); GB 802302 BAC: Records of Allied Breweries Ltd (private collection, Business Archives Council, London, England).

Location of Originals

This material is original


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 Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 07 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 4 February 2002.

Geographical Names