Records of Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd, brewers, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1888–1955;
  • Shareholding records, 1895–1974;
  • Financial records, 1934–1960;
  • Production records, 1937–1955;
  • Staff records, 1947–1957;
  • Licensed premises records, 1954–1960;
  • Property records, 1987;
  • Promotional material, 1861–1960s;
  • Public relations, 1987;
  • Family papers (research notes), 1996;
  • Photographs, 1895–1970s.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Steel (1821–1891) inherited his father's brewery in Tureen Street in Calton, Glasgow , in the 1840s  . In 1853  he moved his brewing operations to the Greenhead Brewery in Canning Street, Glasgow , which he purchased from Robert Struthers . In 1858  he acquired the Craigend Brewery in Cannongate in Edinburgh , from J & W Burnett . The Glasgow brewery specialised in the brewing of stouts and porters, while mild and pale ales were brewed in Edinburgh. George F Coulson joined Steel to form the partnership, Steel, Coulson & Co , in 1865  . In 1874  , Steel, Coulson & Co sold the Craigend Brewery to Andrew Drybrough & Co and acquired the City of Edinburgh Brewery Co 's brewery on Abbey Hill in Edinburgh . The new brewery was renamed Croft–an–Righ ("The King's Field"). Steel subsequently sold his interests in the business to Coulson, who became sole partner. Coulson & Co Ltd was registered in May 1888  as a limited liability company to acquire the business at a purchase price of GBP 130,000. The joint managing directors were Frank Coulson and John Laurie Coulson , the sons of George (who had retired from the business). The company took over Robert Deuchar Ltd of the Sandyford Brewery in Newcastle–upon–Tyne in 1941  . Most of the site of the Greenhead Brewery were leased to bottling companies in the 1930s  , and the site was sold to James Calder & Co in 1946  . Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd , Sunderland , acquired a controlling interest in the company in 1956  and completed the acquisition in 1959  . The company owned 16 licensed houses at this time. The Croft–an–Righ Brewery ceased to brew in 1960  although Vaux continued to make beers in the Steel Coulson name at the Park Brewery in Edinburgh . The maltings and bottling plant at the site continued in use until 1966  , when the remaining buildings associated with the brewery were demolished.

Arrangement

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

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

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. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.

Accruals

None expected.

Related Material

GB 0248 RD: Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd; GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection; GB 0183 DS/RD: Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service); GB 0205: Records of Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd (West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds); GB 0155 NRO 1115: Records of Vaux & Associated Breweries Ltd (Northumberland County Archives Service).

Location of Originals

This material is original

Bibliography

McMaster, Charles and Kane, T Dan, "Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd: Part 1: The Greenhead Brewery, Glasgow", Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 13, (Winter 1988–1989); McMaster, Charles and Kane, T Dan, "Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd: Part 2: The Croft–an–Righ Brewery, Edinburgh", Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 14, (Spring 1989); Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).

McMaster, Charles and Kane, T Dan, "Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd: Part 1: The Greenhead Brewery, Glasgow", Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 13, (Winter 1988–1989); McMaster, Charles and Kane, T Dan, "Steel, Coulson & Co Ltd: Part 2: The Croft–an–Righ Brewery, Edinburgh", Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 14, (Spring 1989).

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), 20 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 22 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 24 April 2002. Administrative history revised by Iain Russell, July 2006.