James Key

James Key was probably the founder of the Crail Brewery in the late 1780s or early 1790s. His sons John Key and James Key became involved in the brewery following his death.

Location: Crail

Active: 1790s - 1806

Status: Transferred

Breweries and other buildings

The Crail Brewery was situated on the High Street and consisted of a group of buildings organised around a courtyard.


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Map of 1854 showing the layout of the Crail Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

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