Ruthvenbank Brewery

Business: Thomson and Garbois

Location: Auchterarder

Type: Brewery

The Ruthvenbank Brewery was established by the partnership of Thomson & Garbois in 1833, who leased what had possibly been the Ruthvenbank Distillery, which had been established by J. Mailer & Co in around 1821.

In 1838 the partnership executed a trust disposition in favour of Peter Scott, a local banker, and Peter Clerk, a local writer. The business was then put under the management of the former brewery clerk, George Wilson.

The lease of the brewery, along with the brewing utensils, was offered for sale in 1838, and again in 1841, when it was referred to as the Auchterarder Brewery, and was being operated by Thomsons & Co. Robert Mailer, who later operated at the nearby Feus Brewery, was recorded as living at Ruthvenbank in 1841.

Map of 1860 showing the probable location of the Ruthvenbank Brewery
Map of 1860 showing the probable location of the Ruthvenbank Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016

Active: 1833 - 1841

Address: Ruthvenbank

Status: Demolished

Current Use: A field


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The brewery was described as being "about 200 yards south of the great road from Perth to Glasgow", which most probably places it at the south end of the field shown in this view, which was the site of what was later the Ruthvenbank Chemical Works.

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Anon. Lease of brewery and brewery utensils, for sale. Perthshire Courier, 30th August, 1838