Records of Westcon Ltd, caterers, Ayr, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1961–1966;
  • Financial records, 1961–1966.

Administrative / Biographical History

Westcon Ltd of Ayr, Scotland , started out as Western Contracting Co Ltd which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Turner's Ayr & Newton Breweries Ltd (incorporated 1898  ; since Turner's (Ayr) Ltd 1930  ) and was established after the First World War to oversee the outside catering side of Turner's business, which had become important, especially in connection with the Western Meeting at Ayr Racecourse. The main centre of operations for Western Contracting Co Ltd was the building of the old Ayr Brewery, where brewing had ceased in 1911–1912  . The company was incorporated under the name Westcon Ltd on 10 November 1930  . The share capital was GBP 3,000 divided into 3,000 shares of GBP 1 each. The first objectives of the company were to carry out the businesses of caterers, restaurateurs, purveyors, bakers, confectioners, grocers, provision and produce merchants, tea rooms, tobacconists, wine and spirit merchants, ice cream manufacturers, sweet and preserve manufacturers, amusement caterers and contractors, exhibition promoters, property owners and factors, manufacturers and dealers in aerated and mineral waters and other drinks. In 1961  when Westcon Ltd , along with Turner's (Ayr) Ltd , were acquired by J & R Tennent Ltd , brewers, Glasgow, Scotland , Westcon Ltd was not owned by Turner's (Ayr) Ltd , but was an associated company with the shareholders of Westcon also being shareholders of Turner's. Westcon Ltd had continued to carry on an extensive catering trade and the company held the lease (up to at least 1965  ) of Western House, Ayr . No more is known about the company's history other than it was dissolved on 30 July 1991  .


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited by Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd, March 1994.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

No physical characteristics that 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

Unknown. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. 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 T: Records of Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd; GB 0248 TR: Records of Turner's Ayr & Newton Breweries Ltd.

Location of Originals

This material is original


Close, Robert, "Scotland's Forgotten Breweries: Turner's Ayr & Newton Breweries Ltd", Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 10, (Winter 1987/88).

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), 21 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 22 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 22 April 2002.

Geographical Names