James Duncan

James Duncan was a clerk and traveller for Peter Burden's Stirling Brewery from about 1885. He then branched out on his own, acquiring the aerated water business of James McCallum in Port Street, Stirling. He also bought a beer bottling business in Broad Street, Stirling, and in 1895 took on the tenancy of the Broad Street Brewery from George Walker Duncan. He was described as a brewer in 1897, but by 1901 he had focused his energies on the aerated water business and had given up the Broad Street Brewery in favour of a purpose-built manufactory in Drip Road.

Location: Stirling

Active: 1895 - 1890s

Status: Closed

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 1896 showing the location of the Broad Street Brewery
Map of 1896 showing the location of the Broad Street Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016


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Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Anon. The late Mr James Duncan. Stirling Observer, 14th March 1916.

Burns, E. Ale in Stirling: a celebration. Stirling: Jamieson & Munro, 2004.

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