Rea Ireland

Rea Ireland took on the Argyle Brewery around 1827 when the partnership of Ireland & Halket was dissolved.

Rea then ran the brewery on his own account until his death in 1860, when his son David Stevenson Ireland succeeded to the business.

Location: St Andrews

Active: 1827 - 1860

Status: Transferred

Breweries and other buildings

The brewery was described as a "group of 2- and 3-storey rubble buildings" with a "3-storey brewhouse with an octagonal-section, red-and-white-brick chimney", with all the buildings having pantiled roofs.

Most of the brewery has been demolished, though the entrance to the courtyard remains.


We do not currently hold any images of items related to James Watson & Son, and would welcome any other information or images related to his business.

Map of 1854 showing the Argyle Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Fife. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2012.