Records of Gilbert Rae, aerated water manufacturers, Dunfermline, Scotland

Scope and Content

Promotional Material c1900 and 1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

The company of Gilbert Rae , aerated water manufacturers, was established around 1868  or 1869  . The company was based at the Baldridge Works, Dunfermline, Scotland , but had branches in Alloa, Scotland , Falkirk, Scotland and Portobello, Scotland . Gilbert Rae manufactured the following goods: ginger beer, ginger ale, ginger champagne (original introducer), sparkling ginger, lemonade, kola, potash water, seltzer water and lithia water. All of these were available in screw-method, glass-stoppered and corked bottles. Potash, soda and seltzer were also available in bottles and siphons.

Gilbert Rae claimed to be the inventor of a number of appliances. He was the inventor of an appliance for the extraction of air from the water before carbonating, as well as the inventor and patentee of a germ-preventing syrup-filling appliance, a screw-top siphon bottle for the dinner table and a steam-power cork filling machine.

By 1948 the company was a limited liability company and listed as a member of the Perth and District Aerated Water Manufacturers' and Bottlers' Trade Defence Association .

Nothing more is known about the company's history.

Sources: RAE 11/9/1 and 11/5/1

Penn, Kenneth (ed). The Soft Drinks Trade Manual ( London: The National Association of Soft Drinks Manufacturers, 1948 )


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

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Gift from a Friend of the Scottish Brewing Archive in the 1990s

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Custodial History

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


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Additional Information

This material is partly original. The originals of the reproductions are housed in the National Bottle Collection at the Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ, England

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), Wednesday 7 November 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Catalogue revised and administrative history by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 26 February 2002. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 19 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 11 May 2012.

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