Records of Whitbread & Co Ltd, London, England

Scope and Content

The collection consists of corporate records and shareholding records relating to Whitbread & Co Ltd. Includes:  

  • Corporate records, 1954-1980;
  • Shareholding records, 1966-1969.

Administrative / Biographical History

Whitbread & Co Ltd of London, founded in  1742  , had been shipping significant quantities of beer to Scotland from their English breweries since the beginning of the 20th century. The company acquired a significant minority shareholding in  Archibald Campbell, Hope & King , brewers in Edinburgh, in 1964, and acquired the company and its thirty-six pubs in  1967  . The following year, Whitbread acquired the brewer,  John Young Ltd of Musselburgh, and its subsidiary,  Olympic Bars Ltd . The Scottish pubs were sold to  Watney Mann Ltd .  John Young's Brewery was closed in  1968  , and the Argyle Brewery acquired with Archibald Campbell Hope & King was closed in  1971  . In  1975  Whitbread acquired  Long John International Ltd , a spirits company which owned Scotch whisky brands such as Laphroaig and Long John. The business was sold to  Allied Domecq in  1991  . Whitbread sold its brewing interests to  Interbrew in  2000  .


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

Access Information

Material under 30 years old is closed to access. It is advised that you should contact the archivist before visiting.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Nick Redman, Whitbread Ltd Archivist, Autumn 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Digital file list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

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


None expected.

Related Material

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Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Cheryl Brown, Archive Cataloguer, 15 May 2012. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 13 June 2012. Catalogue revised by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 13 June 2012; Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 7 Jan 2019.

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives Ad Hoc Commission on Descriptive Standards, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description Notes 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.