Sidegate Brewery

Business: John Martine

Location: Haddington

Type: Brewery

The Sidegate Brewery was located on the east side of the Sidegate on land that was once owned by John Martine, a tanner. His son, also John, had been "apprenticed to a west-country brewer", but had returned to Haddington to establish the Sidegate Brewery by 1834. In 1862, after continued financial difficulties, he decided give up the brewery and it was offered to let in 1862. It was briefly tenanted by Thomas Laurie before being taken on in 1865 by James Richardson, who owned the Nungate Brewery.

When James retired in 1881 the brewery was offered to let, and was described as being "in excellent order, and the plant almost entirely new. There is a 12 quarter malting in connection with the brewery, and another of 9 quarters could be let along with it if required".

The brewery was acquired by James Mackell Montgomery who commissioned additions to the buildings between 1893 and 1894 from noted Edinburgh brewery architect Peter Lyle Barclay Henderson. James sold the brewery to the newly formed Haddington Brewery Co Ltd in 1896. The company went into liquidation in 1899, rose phoenix-like from the ashes in 1901, and went into liquidation again in 1904. It was finally dissolved in 1905 bringing brewing at the Sidegate Brewery to an end. Some of the equipment was then purchased by the nearby Belhaven Brewery and the site was sold to a local coach builder, A. D. Kennedy.

Map of 1893 showing the layout of the Sidegate Brewery.
Map of 1893 showing the layout of the Sidegate Brewery.
© National Library of Scotland, 2018

Active: 1830s - 1904

Address: Sidegate

Status: Converted

Current Use: Converted into private housing.

Architect: Peter Lyle Barclay Henderson


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Most of the brewery survives, converted into private housing.

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Anon. Brewery - eligible opening. Scotsman, 1st May 1847.

Anon. Brewery business for sale and premises to let. Glasgow Herald, 4th April 1881.