Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson took over the Bathgate Brewery in Chapel Lane in 1856, after it was put up for sale by Mr M. Wallace. He ran the business there until 1866, when he relocated to Engine Street into premises leased to him by Henry Robertson.

In 1867 Thomas became the Inspector of the Poor, and the new Bathgate Brewery was briefly leased by the partnership of Charles Robb and Peter Rolland, which traded as the Bathgate Brewery Company.

Although Thomas was recorded as the occupier of the buildings until 1874, he does not appear to have operated the brewery after 1867.

Amongst the beers produced by Thomas were Mild Ales and Pale India Ales.

Location: Bathgate

Active: 1856 - 1867

Status: Closed

Breweries and other buildings

The original Bathgate Brewery was established in the old tanworks in Chapel Lane.  After its sale in the late 1860s it became the site of the West Lothian Flint Glassworks.  Following a fire in 1924, the site was cleared for housing and new commercial buildings.

The new Bathgate Brewery lay "in the court opening to the south of the house tenanted by Mr Dodds, writer" placing it just to the north of the Royal Commercial Hotel.


Map of 1854 showing the old Bathgate Brewery in Chapel Lane
Map of 1854 showing the old Bathgate Brewery in Chapel Lane
© National Library of Scotland, 2015


We hold only one image of an item related to Thomas Robertson, and would welcome any information or images related to his business.

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Linlithgowshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2009.

Sprightly, S. Rambles round Bathgate: Ramble XXII - Buildings. The West Lothian Courier, 17th August, 1878.