Francis was declared bankrupt in 1849, but had reached an agreement with his creditors by 1850.
He did not remain much longer in the business, however, as the Thornbush Brewery was put up for sale in 1853.
The brewery and associated buildings were acquired that year by Andrew, George and James Black for £1,920 (about £230,000 at today's prices), who then ran the brewery under the name of the Thornbush Brewery Company.
Active: 1847 - 1853
The Thornbush Brewery was located in Kessock Road, and was added to several times during its history. Most of the buildings still stand and are currently used by a plumbers' merchant.
Books and periodicals
Anon. Brewery and other property in Inverness for sale. Inverness Courier, 19th May, 1853.