South-Western Brewery Co Ltd

The South-Western Brewery Co Ltd (Scottish Company No. 3950) was formed in 1898 to acquire the brewing and aerated water business of W. T. Solomon & Co, which included the Newton Stewart Brewery. The purchase price was £30,000 and the proposed capitalisation was £35,000. The purchase also included twelve public houses, and the leases on three others.

The business got into financial difficulties after the First World War, and these were exacerbated when the company secretary absconded with some of the firm's money. The board considered winding up the company, but persuaded Archibald Campbell, Hope and King Ltd, of Edinburgh, to buy it in 1925 for just £4,000. The brewery was then used as a depot for Archibald Campbell, Hope and King's trade in south-west Scotland until it was taken over, in turn, by Whitbread & Co Ltd, of London.

Location: Newton Stewart

Active: 1898 - 1926

Status: Taken Over

Breweries and other buildings

The Newton Stewart Brewery was located in King Street by the river Cree. Some of the buildings still stand, including "the commodious dwelling-house", and have been converted to residential properties.


Map of 1894 showing the Newton Stewart Brewery
Map of 1894 showing the Newton Stewart Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2015


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Other Sources of information


The National Records of Scotland holds dissolved company papers (Ref : BT2/3950) for the period 1898-1926).

The University of Glasgow Archive Services holds papers relating to the South-Western Brewery Co Ltd (Ref : SWB).

Books and periodicals

McMaster, C. Scotland's forgotten breweries: South-Western Brewery Company Limited, the Newton Stewart Brewery. SBA Newsletter, 14, 1989, pp.14-15.