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Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
1828–1988 (predominantly 1895–1965).
There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Scottish Brewing Archive.
Name of Creator:
John Aitchison & Co Ltd (brewers: 1895–1961: Edinburgh, Scotland)
Level of Description:
- Revised by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 12 February 2002
- 8 June 2005 Catalogue record converted to EAD2002, May 2005
Scottish Brewing Archive, 18 February 2002.
The Kirkfield Brewery was established in Peebles, Scotland, in 1730 by William Kerr and was acquired by William Aitchison in 1810. Then in 1830, the latter built a brewery on the South Back of Canongate (now Holyrood Road) in Edinburgh, Scotland and brewing subsequently ceased at Peebles. William Aitchison died in 1837 and was succeeded by his son, John Aitchison, founder of the Edinburgh Brewers’ Association.
After John’s death in 1857, the business was run by his eldest son, William John Aitchison. William was subsequently joined by his brother, Thomas S Aitchison, who acquired the firm after William’s death in 1878. In April 1895, John Aitchison & Co Ltd was registered as a limited liability company to acquire the business of the same name at a purchase price of GBP 60,000. The company
acquired Victoria Bottling Co Ltd of South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England, and a number of licensed houses in Tyneside in the 1900s. A large part of the neighbouring Edinburgh and Leith Brewery on St John’s Street was purchased from Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd in 1925. McLennan & Urquhart Ltd, Dalkeith Brewery, Dalkeith, together with 6 licensed premises, was acquired in 1955.
Brewing ceased on this site in 1958, although bottling continued until 1961. The company, along with 68 licensed houses, was acquired in 1959 by Hammonds United Breweries Ltd, Bradford, England, and merged the following year with John Jeffrey & Co Ltd, brewers of Edinburgh, to form Aitchison Jeffrey Ltd. John Aitchison & Co Ltd went into liquidation and brewing at the Canongate Brewery, 21 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh ceased in 1961.
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:
- Memorandum and articles of association, 1938 and 1955
- Amalgamations and liquidation papers, 1843–1961
- Minutes of directors’ meetings, 1895–1952
- Records relating to directors’ meetings, 1899–1961
- Minutes of members’ meetings, 1895–1960
- Records relating to annual general meetings, 1961
- Directors’ annual reports and accounts, 1950–1961
- Seal book, 1895–1926
- Shareholding records, 1897–1964
- Financial records, 1828–1964
- Appointments and contracts of employment, 1843
- Salaries and wages records, 1936–1960
- Pensions and life assurance records, 1948v1965
- Health and safety records, 1948–1959
- Licensed premises records, 1898–1961
- Property records, 1903–1961
- Promotional material, 1901–1961
- Historical notes, 1984–1988
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:
Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd.
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 MUQ: Records of McLennan & Urquhart Ltd
GB 1127 AJ: Records of Aitchison Jeffrey Ltd
GB 1127 EUB: Records of Edinburgh United Breweries Ltd
GB 1127 T: Records of Tennent Caledonian Breweries
GB 1127 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection
GB 0234: Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd, Brewers, Edinburgh (1878-1895: prospectus and balance sheet) (National Archives of Scotland – see contact details)
No known publications using this material.
Fonds-Level Description Compilation Details
Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 30 October 2001.