James Harvey

James Harvey, a local merchant, acquired the Sacell Brewery from Adam Pattison in 1780. He then formed a partnership with Robert Cowan, James Gordon, James Hopkirk, Peter Murdoch and James Warroch, all of whom had been previously associated with the Anderston Brewery Company in Glasgow. In 1801 the business was then taken on by a new partnership, James Chep & Co, which involved James Harvey's son, also James.

Location: Paisley

Active: 1780 - 1801

Status: Closed

Breweries and other buildings

The Sacell Brewery was in operation from at least the 1770s, and was gradually expanded into "a 3-storey, 13-bay block, probably originally maltings, with 2 kilns". The buildings were eventually used as bonded warehouses by the Distillers Company Ltd, and as an office block by Millen Brothers, shipbuilders. The area has since been cleared and is part of a development of modern housing.


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Map of 1828 showing the location of the Sacell Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Clark, S. Brewing and breweries in Paisley. Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter, 15, 1989, pp.12-13.

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2013.