John Young and Co

John Young had been a brewer in Peterhead before moving to Fisherrow. He initially worked for William Whitelaw & Son, but established John Young & Co to take on the Ladywell Brewery in 1886, following the death of the tenant, Thomas Millar. John Young & Co registered a trademark in 1886 which consisted of a large letter 'Y' with '&' and 'Co' on either side.

In 1891, John Young & Company Limited (Scottish Company No. 2154) was established to acquire the business and the associated Ladywell Brewery.

Trademark of John Young & Co
Trademark of John Young & Co
© Forbes Gibb, 2017

Location: Fisherrow

Active: 1886 - 1891

Status: Converted

Breweries and other buildings

The Ladywell Brewery stretched north from the High Street, on a long piece of land, to New Street. Most of the site has been cleared for a modern housing development, but the company offices survive on the High Street, converted to private residences.


Map of 1892 showing the layout of the Ladywell Brewery
Map of 1892 showing the layout of the Ladywell Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2017


We only have one image related to John Young & Co, and would welcome any other information or images related to the company.

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Burns, E. Scottish brewery trade marks, 1876 to 1900. Glasgow: Tartan Hippo, 1986.

Lawrie, J. Honesty brewing: a history of the breweries, maltings and distilleries of Musselburgh and Fisherrow. Kennoway: Spiderwize, 2009.