James Burden was a son of Peter Burden, who had founded the Stirling Brewery in nearby St Mary's Wynd. James ran the Broad Street Brewery from at least 1825, initially with help from his brother William, who died in 1827. He was recorded as employing four men in 1851, but had retired by 1861, when the business was being run by his son-in-law Robert McNicol.
Active: 1820s - 1860
The building that housed the Broad Street Brewery is believed to have dated from 1529, and stood next to what was Stirling Town and County Buildings. By the end of the nineteenth century it had become somewhat dilapidated and part of the building collapsed in 1904. It was acquired shortly after by the Town of Stirling and was eventually redeveloped as part of a council housing complex in the 1950s.
Books and periodicals
Burns, E. Ale in Stirling: a celebration. Stirling: Jamieson & Munro, 2004.
Drysdale, W. Old faces, old places and old stories of Stirling. Second series. Stirling: Eneas Mackay, 1899.