Aulton Brewery

Business: Thomson, Marshall and Co Ltd

Location: Aberdeen

Type: Brewery

The Aulton Brewery was originally known as the Old Town Brewery and was located in the High Street in Old Aberdeen, next door to King's College.

It was founded around  1790 by Smith, Irvine & Co and was renamed the Aulton Brewery in 1890, when Thomson, Marshall & Co Ltd was established to carry on the business of the previous owners, Thomson, Marshall & Co.

At that point the brewery was described as having been largely rebuilt and extended in the 1880s. An artesian well had also been sunk "at considerable cost, giving a superabundant supply of water, excellent in quality".

By 1913 much of the site had already been demolished in order to provide space for the New King's Building.

However, a small part of the brewery complex still survives on what is now the campus of the University of Aberdeen.

Map of 1899 showing the layout of the Aulton Brewery
Map of 1899 showing the layout of the Aulton Brewery
&copy: National Library of Scotland, 2015

Active: 1890 - 1901

Address: High Street, Old Aberdeen

Status: Part survives

Current Use: University building


Aulton Brewery
This picture shows the surviving brewery buildings in the 1960s.
© John Hume, 2015


This picture shows the surviving brewery buildings today, which are known as the Old Brewery.


Other Sources of information

Web resources

Canmore has a record relating to the Aulton Brewery. Last accessed 19th July 2016.

Books and periodicals

Anon. Extensive brewery for sale. Glasgow Herald, 15th June 1861.

Anon. Brewers to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince of Wales. Thomson, Marshall & Co Limited. Dundee Courier, 15th February 1890.