- Corporate records 1889;
- Shareholding records 1890;
- Financial records 1890;
- Production records 1890;
- Licensed premises records 1880-1890;
- Property records 1838-1897;
- Promotional records 1888-1890;
- Public relations 1934;
- Family papers 1861-1895.
Records of George Ritchie & Son, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland
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- ReferenceGB 248 GR
- Dates of Creation1838-1934
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.13 metres (1 archive box)There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
George Ritchie & Son , Edinburgh, Scotland , was created when George Ritchie , merchant and brewer from Leith, Scotland (1802-1879), purchased the Bell's Brewery after the death of its previous owner Robert Keir in c1835 . The brewery had originally been established by John Bell and his son Hugh in the middle of the 18th century .
The brewery was a successful business employing 15 employees in 1851, 25 in 1861 and 40 in 1871. The company traded throughout the British Isles in Belfast, Cardiff, Carlisle, County Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Manchester, Newcastle and Sunderland. It also had an interest in the Cross Keys Hotel, Peebles, Scotland, and in several public houses and hotels in the north-east of England.
The family involvement with Bell's Brewery ended in 1889, when George Ritchie jnr accepted a substantial offer from a company to be known as Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd , which also took over three other breweries at the time.
Source: Flint, Edward S . George Ritchie & Son (Bell's Brewery) . University of Stirling Certificate in Scottish Family History Studies. 4 Family and Business. (Unpublished) Edinburgh, 1997.
The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection was passed to the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot-Watt University by Messrs Dundas & Wilson C. S., solicitors in Edinburgh via the National Register of Archives (Scotland).
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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
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.
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This material is original
Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 6 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised and administrative history by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 15 January 2002. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 05 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 11 May 2012.