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Records of McEwan–Younger, export, naval and military trade, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Records of McEwan–Younger, export, naval and military trade, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
0.43 metres.
There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Held at:
Scottish Brewing Archive.
Name of Creator:
McEwan–Younger Ltd (export, naval and military trade: 1931– : Edinburgh, Scotland).
Level of Description:
  • Revised and administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 13 March 2002
  • 8 June 2005 Catalogue record converted to EAD2002, May 2005
Published by:
Scottish Brewing Archive, 13 March 2002.

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Administrative/Biographical History

McEwan–Younger Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, was registered on 19th June 1931 to handle all military and naval contracts, and overseas business of William McEwan & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh and William Younger & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh. The two companies had earlier in the same year combined to form Scottish Brewers Ltd, Edinburgh.

William McEwan & Co Ltd had previously won a far greater share of the UK’s export and military markets and this was recognised by the formation of this new company. Both breweries would provide their beer to the new sales company at cost, and 75 per cent of the profits made by McEwan–Younger Ltd would go to William McEwan & Co Ltd.

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During and after the Second World War McEwan–Younger’s overseas trade was far from satisfactory, and by 1955 they had to accept that its export markets might never fully recover. As a consequence the Abbey Brewery in Edinburgh, which had been working mainly for McEwan–Younger, was closed down by Scottish Brewers Ltd and turned into offices.

Little more is known about the company’s history, but it was still in existence in 2002 as a non–trading company.

Keir, David, The Younger Centuries. The Story of William Younger & Co Ltd 1749 to 1949, (Edinburgh, William Younger & Co Ltd, 1951).
Ritchie, Berry, Good Company. The Story of Scottish & Newcastle, (London, James & James, 1999).

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Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1931–1958
  • Financial records, 1931–1957
  • Property records, 1932–1956
  • Promotional records, 1932–1956
  • Sales records, 1931–1958
System of Arrangement:
The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Scottish & Newcastle plc.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1127 procedures.
None expected.
Access Conditions:
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.

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Existence of Copies:
No known copies.
This material is original.
Finding Aids:
File level list available in searchroom.
Related Units of Description:
GB 1127 SB: Records of Scottish Brewers Ltd
GB 1127 SNB: Records of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries plc
GB 1127 SNM: Records of William McEwan & Co Ltd
GB 1127 WY: Records of William Younger & Co Ltd
GB 1127 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection
Publication Note:
Dean, Paul, The Silver Peacock Trademark, Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter No. 24, (Winter 1994/95).
Ritchie, Berry, Good Company. The Story of Scottish & Newcastle., (London: James & James, 1999).

Fonds-Level Description Compilation Details

Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 7 November 2001.

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