Records of Belhaven Brewery Co Ltd, Dunbar, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • New rights issue papers, 1986;
  • Directors report and accounts, 1985;
  • Ledgers: general, 1877–1910; Dunbar, 1907–1935;
  • Journal and cash book, 1904–1917;
  • Day books: material purchases, 1891–1902; materials sales, 1896–1973;
  • Cash book, 1900–1915;
  • Brewing books, 1871–1883, 1925–1944;
  • Record sheets, 1971–1983;
  • Letter regarding proposed foreign agency, 1891;
  • Xeroxed disposition regarding brewery property, 1869;
  • Product sales literature, 1990s;
  • Posters and showcard, 1970s–1990s;
  • Invoice, 1865;
  • Company stationery, 1984–1993;
  • Beer mats, 1973–1997;
  • Pumpclips, 1997;
  • Programme for Belhaven beer festival, 1994;
  • Press cuttings, 1837–1999;
  • Photographs, c1960–1980;
  • Histories of company, c1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Belhaven Brewery , Belhaven, Dunbar, Scotland was established in 1719  with the Dudgeon and Hunter families controlling the brewery until 1792  . Dudgeon & Co Ltd was registered as a limited liability company in 1944  to acquire the business. The company and its seven tied houses were sold for GBP 82,000 to Clydesdale Commonwealth Hotels Ltd in 1972 and its name changed to Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd . It was acquired in 1979  by a consortium that included 'Miss World' impressario Eric Morley , with control passing to businessman Nazmu Virani . Virani sold the firm to former Arthur Bell & Sons chairman and chief executive Raymond Miquel in 1979  but Virani's company Control Securities plc re-purchased the business, including its 41 public houses, two years later. There was a management buy-out led by Stuart Ross in 1993  and the company was floated on the stock exchange in 1996  . In 2005  Belhaven was acquired by Green King plcBury St Edmunds, Suffolk for GBP 187 million.


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

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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.


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Related Material

GB 0248 DRY: Records of Drybrough & Co Ltd.

Location of Originals

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Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).

Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).

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 Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archives Assistant, 17 December 1999. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 8 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 19 December 2001.

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