Mr Archibald

When James Davitts died in 1806 it is probable that the Gatehouse Brewery was taken on for a time by a Mr Archibald. Little is known about Mr Archibald, other than that his servant, William Charteris, was injured when he fell from a horse that he was taking from the brewery to the water. The next occupier of the brewery after Mr Archibald was probably John McWilliam junior.

Location: Gatehouse of Fleet

Active: 1810s - 1820s

Status: Closed

Breweries and other buildings

The Gatehouse Brewery was completed in 1771, and was described as "a large 3-storey brick and rubble building on an L-plan, with a 2-storey dwelling-house at one end". The buildings survive and are now used for a mix of residential and commercial purposes.


Map of 1849 showing the Gatehouse Brewery
Map of 1849 showing the Gatehouse Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015


We do not currently hold any images of items related to Mr Archibald, and would welcome any information or images related to his business.

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Anon. Accident. Glasgow Herald, 23rd September, 1822.

Donnachie, I. Industrial archaeology of Galloway (South-west Scotland, including Wigtown, Kirkcudbright and adjoining parts of Dumfries). Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1971.

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