Simson and McPherson Ltd

Simson & McPherson Ltd was established in 1896 (Company No. 46776) to acquire the brewing business of James Simson & Sons and the whisky blending business of John Ewan McPherson & Co. In 1900 virtually all the shares were bought by Robert Deuchar Ltd of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Brewing ceased at the St Mary's Brewery in 1901, and at the Abbey Brewery in 1906. The company was subsequently used as a vehicle to manage Deuchar's licensed premises, and was dissolved in 1961.

Location: Melrose

Active: 1896 - 1961

Status: Dissolved

Breweries and other buildings

The Abbey Brewery incorporated some structures which may have dated to the mediaeval period. The buildings were donated to the nation in 1950 to allow for improvements to the environs of the Abbey, and most of those that survive have been converted to residential properties.

The St Mary's Brewery was built on land which has been developed by the University of Edinburgh.


Map of 1897 showing the layout of the Abbey Brewery
Map of 1897 showing the layout of the Abbey Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016


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Other Sources of information


The National Archives holds company papers for Simson & McPherson Ltd (Ref : BT 31/38231/46776) for the period 1896-1961.