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.
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.
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.