Business: William Shiells
William Shiells constructed a new brewery and park at the west end of Haddington, south of Court Street, in about 1830. The complex, which cost over £3,000 to develop, was described as being "an extensive building three storeys high with suitable offices and a portion of land and garden attached" and as having "a brewhouse, maltings, kiln, mill, granaries, cellarage, and stables".
After William's death in 1847 the property passed to his son William Goodall Shiells who leased it in 1853 to James H. Inglis & Co, a partnership formed by James Henderson Inglis and James Ferguson of Edinburgh. When Ferguson died in 1854 the brewery was put up for sale.
However, there were no buyers and William's brother Ross stepped in to run the brewery from 1857. In 1860 the decision was made to sell the brewery for the initial upset price of £1,500. In 1861 it was acquired for the reduced price of £1,280 by George Young, a local smith, who sold off the equipment and leased the main building as a maltings to Peter Punton, thereby bringing brewing to an end at Brewery Park after only some thirty years.
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Books and periodicals
Anon. Brewery - eligible opening. Scotsman, 1st May 1847.
Anon. To brewers. Caledonian Mercury, 14th March 1860.
Anon. Adjourned sale of brewery, park and gardens, etc., at Haddington. Scotsman, 16th May 1860.