James Burden

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.

Location: Stirling

Active: 1820s - 1860

Status: Transferred

Breweries and other buildings

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.


Map of 1860 showing the location of the Broad Street Brewery
Map of 1860 showing the location of the Broad Street Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016


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Other Sources of information

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.

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Stirlingshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2007.