Sacell Brewery Company

The Sacell Brewery Company was formed around 1829 by Andrew Brown, Edward Blair Buchanan, James Chep, James Harvey and James Watt, to take on the business which had traded under the name of James Chep & Co. There were numerous changes to the partnership over the years, and by 1902 the two remaining partners were Archibald Forrest Graham and Alexander Millar.

Amongst the beers produced by the company were: Harvey's Sparkling Scotch Ale, Harvey's Superior Pale Ale, XXX, and Stout.

Location: Paisley

Active: 1820s - 1900s

Status: Closed

Breweries and other buildings

The Sacell Brewery was in operation from at least the 1770s, and was gradually expanded into "a 3-storey, 13-bay block, probably originally maltings, with 2 kilns". The buildings were eventually used as bonded warehouses by the Distillers Company Ltd, and as an office block by Millen Brothers, shipbuilders. The area has since been cleared and is part of a development of modern housing.


Map of 1828 showing the location of the Sacell Brewery.
Map of 1828 showing the location of the Sacell Brewery.
© National Library of Scotland, 2016


We have a number of images related to the Sacell Brewery Company, but would welcome any further information or images related to the business.

Other Sources of information


The National Archives records a privately held collection of journals, cash book and plans (Ref: NRA(S)0576) for the period 1810-1921.

The National Records of Scotland holds papers relating to a court case between Janes Cochrane, or Allison, and the Sacell Brewery Company in 1862 (Ref : CS97/C/4/10).

Books and periodicals

Clark, S. Brewing and breweries in Paisley. Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter, 15, 1989, pp.12-13.

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2013.