Thomas Bernard

Thomas Bernard was a son of Daniel Bernard, who was brewery clerk, and then manager, of the Leith Distillery off Bonnington Road. In 1841 Thomas was recorded as a brewer at the distillery, as was his brother James Alexander Bernard. Thomas was first listed as a brewer at 71 North Back Canongate in 1845, at premises which were later known as the Edinburgh Brewery and which had been previously occupied by Peter Wilson. By 1851 he was employing eight men at the brewery, and in the following year he went into partnership with his brother James, trading as Thomas and James Bernard.

Location: Edinburgh

Active: 1845 - 1851

Status: Transferred

Breweries and other buildings

What became known as the Edinburgh Brewery was based upon a group of buildings arranged around an oblong courtyard, some of which were reputed to date back to the 15th century. The site was acquired, and cleared, by the North British Railway Company in 1903 to allow Waverley Station to be expanded.


Map of 1852 showing the layout of the old Edinburgh Brewery.
Map of 1852 showing the layout of the old Edinburgh Brewery.
© National Library of Scotland, 2017


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Other Sources of information

Barnard, A. The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. III .London: Sir J. Causton & Sons, 1890.

Donnachie, I. A history of the brewing industry in Scotland. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers, 1979.