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.


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

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

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.