- Memorandum and articles of association, 1951;
- Certificate of incorporation, 1895;
- Annual reports and accounts to shareholders, 1896-1944;
- Shareholding records, 1895-1936;
- Letterbooks, 1895-1936;
- Financial records, 1781-1966;
- Production records, 1796-1985;
- Sales records, 1883-1970;
- Salaries and wages records, 1912-1961;
- Pensions and life assurance records, 1965;
- Staff housing records, 1893-1901;
- Appointment letter, 1954;
- Licensed premises records, 1885-1965;
- Promotional material, 1919-1986;
- Public Relations records, 1960-1975;
- Family papers, 1795-1797;
- Photographs, 1880s-1970s;
- Historical notes, 1975-1987.
Records of Drybrough & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland
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- Dates of Creation1778-1994
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description7 metresThere are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material
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Administrative / Biographical History
Andrew Drybrough , brewer and baxter (baker) , was brewing in Edinburgh, Scotland , prior to 1750. He was succeeded by James Drybrough who brewed in Tolbooth Wynd , moving to the south side of the North Back of Canongate (now Calton Road) , in 1782 and traded as Andrew Drybrough & Co .
The firm expanded into Craigend Brewery, on the north side of the North Back of Canongate, in 1874 and moved to a green-field site at Craigmillar , to the south east of Edinburgh, in 1892. Drybrough & Co Ltd was registered in December 1895 as a limited liability company to acquire the business. The company sold its beer locally in the south and west of Scotland and the north-east of England. It also supplied beer to Alnwick Brewery Co Ltd , Alnwick, Northumberland, England , from 1963 and Ballingall & Co Ltd , Dundee, Tayside , from 1964.
The company was acquired by Watney Mann Ltd , brewers, London, England , in 1965 and took over the licensed houses of Ballingall & Co Ltd, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland , in 1968; A H Higginbottom & Co , Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England , and Neesham & Co , Ushaw Moor, Durham, England , in 1969; Beverley & Co Ltd , Halifax, West Yorkshire, England , in 1969; and Alnwick Brewery Co Ltd, Alnwick, Northumberland, England , in 1978. The company, along with 187 licensed houses, was sold by Watney, Mann & Truman Breweries Ltd to Allied-Lyons plc , on behalf of Alloa Brewery Co Ltd , Alloa, Scotland, for GBP 40.5 million on 8 January 1987 . The Craigmillar Brewery ceased brewing on 23 January 1987 .
Source: Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds). The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records ( Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990 )
The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.
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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. More material was collected at the Scottish Brewing Archive at the University of Glasgow. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.
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Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), October 31 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 16 January 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 05 December 2008; Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 10 May 2012; and Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing) 3 Feb 2014.