Broad Street Brewery

Business: James Burden

Location: Stirling

Type: Brewery

The Broad Street Brewery was in operation from at least 1825, when it was run by James Burden and his brother William, sons of Peter Burden of the Stirling Brewery. By 1861 it was in the hands of Robert McNicol, James Burden's son-in-law, and it was then sold to George Walker Duncan of Tullibody around 1893. In 1895 James Duncan, an aerated water manufacturer, took on the tenancy of the premises prior to moving to a purpose-built manufactory in Drip Road.

The building that housed the Broad Street Brewery is believed to have dated from 1529, and the windows on the roof were carved with the following inscription:

Benedicam Dominum omni tempore Deo gloria

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.

Map of 1860 showing the layout of the Broad Street Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016

Active: 1820s - 1890s

Address: Broad Street

Status: Demolished

Current Use: Modern housing development


Broad Street Brewery
This picture shows the Broad Street Brewery when it was tenanted by James Duncan.
© John Hume, 2016


The Town of Stirling acquired the building that had housed the Broad Street Brewery in the 1900s, and it was eventually redeveloped as part of a council housing complex in the 1950s.


Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Burns, E. Ale in Stirling: a celebration. Stirling: Jamieson & Munro, 2004.

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Stirlingshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2007.