John Nelson

John Nelson (1811-1870) was first associated with the Laurencekirk Brewery at the Royal Hotel in the early 1860s, having been previously a general merchant and then an inn-keeper.

He was described as a charitable and liberal business man who instituted an annual Christmas dinner for the local poor, and who operated his brewery on a "live and let live" principle.

He died in 1870 and was succeeded in the business by his son-in-law, David Gibb, who established the partnership of Nelson & Co.

Location: Laurencekirk

Active: 1860s - 1870

Status: Transferred

Breweries and other buildings

The Laurencekirk Brewery was adjacent to the Royal Hotel. Much of the site has been cleared for car-parking but some outbuildings survive.


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Map of 1864 showing the Laurencekirk Brewery
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