John Russell and Co

John Russell bought the Anstruther Brewery in 1839 from the estate of David Rodger, and operated it under the partnership of John Russell & Co.

By 1851 the business was employing four men, but was offered for sale the following year. It was eventually taken on in 1853 by John's brother William, who ran the business until 1858, when it was offered for sale.

The brewery was acquired by James Key, who already owned the Crail Brewery, and was managed by one of his sons, John Melville Key under the partnership of James Key & Son.

Location: Anstruther

Active: 1839 - 1858

Status: Acquired

Breweries and other buildings

The Anstruther Brewery was on Burial Brae, and consisted of a group of buildings organised around a courtyard.


Map of 1854 showing the layout of the Anstruther Brewery
Map of 1854 showing the layout of the Anstruther Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2016


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Books and periodicals

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Fife. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2012.