James Key was involved in the Crail Brewery from at least 1823, following the death of John Key. In 1851 he employed one man, and in 1858 he expanded the business through the acquisition of the Anstruther Brewery of John Russell & Co for £1,150. He put his eldest son, John Melville Key, in charge of the Anstruther Brewery and established the partnership of James Key & Son.
Active: 1823 - 1858
Breweries and other buildings
The Crail Brewery was situated on the High Street and consisted of a group of buildings organised around a courtyard.
The Anstruther Brewery was on Burial Brae, and consisted of a group of buildings organised around a courtyard.
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Other Sources of information
Books and periodicals
Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Fife. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2012.