James Watson and Son

James Watson & Son took over the running of the Ayr Brewery in 1850 when the partnership of Watson & Brown was dissolved.

James Watson senior died shortly after in 1851, and the business then passed to his son, James Watson junior.

Location: Ayr

Active: 1850 - 1851

Status: Transferred

Breweries and other buildings

The Ayr Brewery was built by the partnership of Watson & Brown in 1833 on land formerly owned by the Dominicans on Mill Vennel, later known as Mill Street.

The site was cleared in the 1970s and is now occupied by housing.


Map of 1855 showing the Ayr Brewery
Map of 1855 showing the Ayr Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015


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Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Close, R. The forgotten breweries of Scotland: Turner's Ayr and Newton Breweries Ltd. Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter, 1987, 10, pp.10-12.

Gibb, F. and Close, R. The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2013.

Hume, J. R. The industrial archaeology of Scotland, 1: The Lowlands and Borders. London: B. T. Batsford, 1976.