Business: Gillespie, Sons and Co (Brewers) Ltd
This brewery was originally known as the Dumbarton Brewery, which had been rebuilt in the 1850s following a severe fire which destroyed many of the buildings.
It was acquired by Alexander Gillespie from the estate of James Blair Risk around 1880.
It subsequently passed through a number of companies associated with the Gillespie name - Gillespie, Sons & Co, Gillespie, Sons & Co Ltd, and Gillespie, Sons & Co (Brewers) Ltd - adopting the name Crown Brewery in the 1910s
Brewing came to an end in the 1950s, when Gillespie, Sons & Co (Brewers) Ltd went into liquidation.
Sadly we do not have a picture of the Crown Brewery. Please contact us if you have one!
Books and Periodicals
Kane, D. and McMaster, C. Gillespie, Sons & Co Ltd. Brewery History, 40, 1984, pp.8-10.
Logan, J. C. The Dumbarton Glassworks Company: a study in entrepreneurship. Business History, 14(1), 1972, pp.61-81.