Nelson and Co

The partnership of Nelson & Co would appear to have been formed after John Nelson died in 1870.

David Gibb, who had been a drayman in the Laurencekirk Brewery, married Elizabeth Nelson, one of John Nelson's daughters, and was described as having succeeded to the business on John's death. In 1871 David was described as a brewer employing four men, by which time three of John's sons - James, Robert and Thomas - were also involved in the business.

However, in 1875 the brewery was sold to Patrick Dickson, and the partnership was dissolved the following year. The brewery was then let to James Donald and David Cameron, who traded as Donald, Cameron & Co.

Location: Laurencekirk

Active: 1871 - 1876

Status: Dissolved

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.


Map of 1864 showing the Laurencekirk Brewery
Map of 1864 showing the Laurencekirk Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015


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Books and periodicals

Anon. Death from hydrophobia in Laurencekirk. Dundee Courier, 16th August.