Records of Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd, wine and spirit merchants, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Photographs, c1960s-1970s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mackinlay–McPherson Ltd was formed in 1962  to combine and run the wine and spirit side of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd , Edinburgh, Scotland , gaining control of Glenallachie Distillery Co Ltd , Aberlour–on–Spey, Scotland , and Isle of Jura Distillery Co Ltd , Craighouse, Isle of Jura, Scotland , in the 1960s  . The company was formed by a merger between John Ewan McPherson & Sons Ltd , brewers and whisky blenders, Newcastle–upon Tyne, England , founded in 1857  , Charles Mackinlay & Co , whisky blenders and merchants, Leith, Scotland , founded in 1815  , and the Scottish & Newcastle Breweries' Wine and Spirit Department . Until the formation of Waverly Vintners Ltd they controlled the wine and spirit interests of the group. When Waverly Vintners Ltd was formed in 1974  , Macinlay–McPherson became their national wholesale company. Macinlay–McPherson offered a vast selection of own brand and proprietary wines and spirits to the tied and free trade. Waverly Vintners was still a part of Scottish & Newcastle plc in 2001  .


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated by John Hume and Scottish & Newcastle plc.

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 SNB: Records of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries plc; GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection; GB 800001 NRA(S)0345: Records of Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd, wine and spirit merchants (private collection, enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland).

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); The Group History. Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd , (Edinburgh: Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd, c1970s).

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), 07 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 26 February 2002.

Geographical Names