Records of James Deuchar Ltd, brewers, Sunderland, England

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association, 1955;
  • Financial records, 1946–1960;
  • Production records, 1952–1953;
  • Sales records, 1956;
  • Licensed premises records, 1944;
  • Property records, c1788–1875;
  • Promotional material, 1938–1939;
  • Photographs, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Deuchar acquired the Ridley Arms Brewery , Pilgrim Street, Newcastle–upon–Tyne , in 1880  and the Monkwearmouth Brewery in Sunderland in 1890  . James Deuchar Ltd was registered in July 1894  as a limited liability company to acquire the business. The Ridley Arms Brewery was closed in 1895  . In 1898  the company was liquidated and a new company with the same name was reconstructed and registered in August to acquire the assets of the old. The company acquired William Ross & Co , Lochside Brewery, North East Road, Montrose , in 1926  . The Monkwearmouth Brewery ceased to brew in 1936  and was converted into a mineral water factory. Newcastle Breweries Ltd acquired the company along with 125 licensed houses and hotels, in 1956  . The Lochside Brewery ceased to brew in the same year, and it was sold to Macnab Distilleries Ltd and converted to a whisky distillery. Distilling ceased in 1992  and the building was demolished in 2005  .


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Scottish & Newcastle plc and Lochside Distillery.

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


None expected.

Related Material

GB 0248 RD: Records of Robert Deuchar Ltd; GB 0183 DS/JD: Records of James Deuchar Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Services); GB 0183 1463: Records of Newcastle Breweries Ltd (Tyne and Wear Archives Service).

Location of Originals

This material is original


Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990); Craig, Charles, The Scotch Whisky Industry Record ((Index Publishing, Dumbarton, 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), 29 October 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 14 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 13 March 2002.

Geographical Names