Records of Mair & Dougall, bottlers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1946–1962;
  • Financial records, 1947–1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mair & Dougall were wholesale malt liquor merchants, bottlers and aerated water manufacturers in Glasgow, Scotland , since at least 1898  and were the successors to the business of D Hamilton . Their premises were the Annfield Bottling Stores in Annfield Street and Brandon Street and by 1905  also in Sword Street. In 1900  the company claimed to "have always on hand a Large Stock of Beers and Stouts, being the largest bottlers of Bass in Scotland" and they were "prepared to supply both Town and Country Customers and the shortest possible notice." The company's wholesale Malt Liquor Department stored large stocks of a variety of alcoholic beverages, including beers, whiskies and cider. The Mineral Water Department produced a variety of soft drinks such as the "Auld Scotch Ginger Beer", "Sparkling Kola Champagne" and "Ginger Hop". In James Calder & Co (Alloa) Ltd 1905  (since James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd 1918  ), Brewers, of Alloa, Scotland opened a new bottling plant at Bath Street, Glasgow , and an arrangement was entered into with Mair & Dougall for the latter firm to be sole Glasgow and district agents for the chilled and carbonated beers of James Calder & Co (Alloa) Ltd . James Calder being responsible for the bottling and delivery and Mair & Dougall for the return of the empty crates. By Mair & Dougall 1905  had also taken over the bottling business of E Brown & Co in West Campbell Street, Glasgow . Mair & Dougall Ltd was incorporated under the Companies Acts 1908  and 1917  although the exact date is not known; but it is likely to have been after 1913  . In October 1948  the Real Mackay Strong Ale Co Ltd of Glasgow, Scotland , was set up as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mair & Dougall Ltd and started trading in April 1949  . At this time Mair & Dougall were still one of two bottling subsidiaries of James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd . The company produced the "Real Mackay Scotch Stout", "Scotch Strong Ale" and "Milk Stout" which were also intended for the export market. However, the Real Mackay Strong Ale Co Ltd did not exist for very long. It became defunct sometime around 1953  as turnover and profits were very small. Mair & Dougall Ltd went into voluntary liquidation in 1962  .


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

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Acquisition Information

Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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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 material came to the archive with the James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd collection. It was housed with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot-Watt University and 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 JC: Records of James Calder & Co (Brewers) Ltd; GB 0248 RM: Records of the Real Mackay Strong Ale Co Ltd.

Location of Originals

This material is original


McMaster, Charles, Alloa Ale. A History of the Brewing Industry in Alloa (Edinburgh: Alloa Brewery Co Ltd, 1984); The National Guardian , (3 August, 1900); The National Guardian , (6 January, 1905); Dean, Paul, 'The Real Mackay Ale Company Ltd', Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 23, (Summer 1994).

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), 7 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 16 April 2002.

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