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Records of Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Records of Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
0.21 metres (1 box, 2 volumes).
There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Scottish Brewing Archive.
Name of Creator:
Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd (brewers: 1889–1943: Edinburgh, Scotland).
Level of Description:
- Revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 16 January 2002
- 8 June 2005 Catalogue record converted to EAD2002, May 2005
Scottish Brewing Archive, 31 October 2001.
Bell’s Brewery, 40 Pleasance, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd was registered as a limited liability company in December 1889 to take over four Edinburgh brewing businesses: Robert Disher & Co, Edinburgh and Leith Brewery; Ritchie & Son, Bell’s Brewery, Pleasance; Robin, MacMillan & Co, Summerhall Brewery, East Meadows; and David Nicolson, Palace Brewery, Abbey Mount, at a purchase price of GBP 320,000.
The Summerhall Brewery was subsequently sold. Bell’s Brewery ceased to brew in 1934, being closed down by Customs and Excise due to irregularities in brewing, and was acquired by John Jeffrey & Co Ltd, Edinburgh. Court orders were issued in 1934 to wind up the company which was finally dissolved in 1943.
Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records, (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990).
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement:
- Amalgamation and liquidation papers, 1934–1936
- Directors’ annual reports and accounts to shareholders, 1924 and 1926
- Shareholding records, 1889
- Financial records, 1903–1908
- Production records, 1908
- Appointments and contracts of employment, 1907
- Correspondence related to staff issues, 1928
- Promotional material, 1900–1914
- Public relations records, 1897 and 1983
- Family tree, 1785–1878, of the Disher Family
- Biographical notes on William Stewart, c.1900
- Photographs, 1900–1920s
- Historical notes, 1922–1990
The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Secretary of the Brewers’ Association of Scotland.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1127 procedures.
Copyright / Reproduction:
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Scottish Brewing Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.
Existence of Copies:
No known copies.
This material is original.
File level list available in searchroom.
Related Units of Description:
GB 1127 GR: Records of George Ritchie & Son
GB 1127 JJ: Records of John Jeffrey & Co Ltd
GB 1127 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection
McMaster, Charles, Nemesis on the Pleasance. The Edinburgh United Brewery Story,
Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter, No 16 (Winter 1989/90).
McMaster, Charles, Unlawful goings on at the Pleasance,
University of Edinburgh. Department of Physical Education (ed), P. E. News, No 3 (October 1990).
Fonds–Level Description Compilation Details
Fonds–level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 31 October 2001.