James Duncan was a clerk and traveller for Peter Burden's Stirling Brewery from about 1885. He then branched out on his own, acquiring the aerated water business of James McCallum in Port Street, Stirling. He also bought a beer bottling business in Broad Street, Stirling, and in 1895 took on the tenancy of the Broad Street Brewery from George Walker Duncan. He was described as a brewer in 1897, but by 1901 he had focused his energies on the aerated water business and had given up the Broad Street Brewery in favour of a purpose-built manufactory in Drip Road.
Active: 1895 - 1890s
Breweries and other buildings
The building that housed the Broad Street Brewery is believed to have dated from 1529, and stood next to what was Stirling Town and County Buildings. By the end of the nineteenth century it had become somewhat dilapidated and part of the building collapsed in 1904. It was acquired shortly after by the Town of Stirling and was eventually redeveloped as part of a council housing complex in the 1950s.
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Other Sources of information
Books and periodicals
Anon. The late Mr James Duncan. Stirling Observer, 14th March 1916.
Burns, E. Ale in Stirling: a celebration. Stirling: Jamieson & Munro, 2004.