Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

History of Many Mergers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

History of Many Mergers

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Scottish & Newcastle is a brewing giant which has roots going back more than 250 years.

The present company is the result of a series of mergers which, as its name suggests, represents some of the finest brewing traditions of the city and Scotland.

The key dates in the history of the company include:

1749 - the William Younger Brewery was established in Leith. The exact site of the original brewery is now unknown, however it was very near the Kirkgate, an ancient street along which Mary, Queen of Scots rode when she first arrived in Scotland from France.

1770 - John Barras was established in Gateshead by John Barras Snr and his partner, William Johnston.

1811 - John Barras died aged 66, leaving a fortune of more than pounds 30,000. The brewery was left to John Barras Jr, who set about expanding it. By 1824 the company was producing more than 40,000 barrels from Gateshead and a second brewery in Newcastle.

1856 - William McEwan established his Fountain Brewery in the village of Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, with money borrowed from his mother and uncle. By the turn of the century, McEwan had nearly 90 per cent of the beer trade in the North East of England, flourishing trade in Scotland and a valuable export trade to Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India.

1890 - With its up-to-date brewing facilities at the Tyne Brewery and expert staff, John Barras formed the backbone of Newcastle Breweries, which was formed together with Carr Bros & Carr, J J & W H Allison and Swingburne & Co. The new company was launched on February 27 and its interests included brewing, malting, wine and spirits and property.

1931 - William Younger and William McEwan merged to form Scottish Brewers Ltd.

1960 - Scottish Brewers and Newcastle Breweries merged to form Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd.

1993 - Scottish & Newcastle acquired the Chef & Brewer estate from Grand Metropolitan for pounds 628. …

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