Alexander Vernor

Alexander Vernor inherited what became known as the Fisherrow Brewery in 1809 from his father Robert. However, his main business interests were in farming, and he offered the brewery to let in 1820. The lease was taken up by an established brewer from Edinburgh, David Whitelaw, who put his son William in charge of the business.

Location: Fisherrow

Active: 1809 - 1820

Status: Acquired

Breweries and other buildings

The Fisherrow Brewery was situated on the east side of Fisher's Wynd and grew from a brewhouse, malt barns and stables, arranged around a cobbled yard, to a large complex that extended from the High Street to New Street. The site is now mainly occupied by a post-war housing development.


Map of 1853 showing the location of the Fisherrow Brewery
Map of 1853 showing the location of the Fisherrow Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2017


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Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

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