Records of Archibald Campbell, Hope and King Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association 1964  ;
  • Diagram of company management hierarchy 1967  ;
  • Directors' minute books 1896-1963  ;
  • Other minute books 1905-1975  ;
  • Agreement books 1897-1937  ;
  • Registers 1902-1967  ;
  • Agenda books 1941-1956  ;
  • Shareholding records 1896-1972  ;
  • Financial records 1888-1969  ;
  • Patents and trademarks 1901-1969  ;
  • Production records 1852-1970  ;
  • Sales records 1851-1967  ;
  • Employee registers 1960-1965  ;
  • Recreation records 1885  ;
  • Salaries books 1918-1940  ;
  • Licensed premises records 1960s  ;
  • Property records 1886-1980s  ;
  • Promotional material 1860s-1980s  ;
  • Public records 1964  ;
  • Photographs 1940s-1994  ;
  • Historical notes 1969-1996  .

Administrative / Biographical History

The Argyle Brewery , Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland , is reputed to have been established in 1710  . Archibald Campbell , snr and jnr, ran the brewery during the nineteenth century. Archibald Campbell, Hope and King Ltd was registered as a limited liability company, firstly in August 1896  , in order to acquire the business of brewers and maltsters at the Argyle Brewery; and then again in November 1896  , to acquire the businesses of Messrs Hope & King , Glasgow, Scotland , wholesale wine and spirit merchants, exporters and whisky blenders, at a purchase price of GBP 214,092. The company acquired South Western Brewery Co Ltd , Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland , and 6 tied houses in 1925  . It was acquired by Whitbread & Co Ltd , London, England, in 1967  and the Argyle Brewery ceased to brew in 1970  .

Source: Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds). The brewing industry. A guide to historical records ( Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990 )

The Manual of British and Foreign Brewery Companies 1924. A Compendium of Joint-Stock Brewery Enterprise ( London, 1924 )


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

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

From several sources including Tom Ferguson and Whitbread

Other Finding Aids

File level 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

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. In September 2001 records were transferred to the SBA at Glasgow from Whitbread. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected

Related Material

GB 2057: Records of Whitbread & Co plc (Whitbread & Co plc)

GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection

GB 0234 GD 241: Records of Archibald Campbell, Hope & King Ltd (National Archives of Scotland)

Additional Information

This material is original

Fonds level description compiled by Amanda Jackson, Scottish Brewing Archive Assistant, 3 February 2000. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Custodial history, immediate source of acquisition and index terms added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 16 January 2002. Catalogue revised by Natalie Milne, Hub Archives Assistant, October 1 2001; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 09 May 2012.

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