Smith, Irvine and Co

Relatively little is known about Smith, Irvine & Co. The partnership was formed around 1790, and operated from the Old Town Brewery in Old Aberdeen.

The business was offered for sale in 1861, following the death of the last of the partners, and was eventually acquired by Thomson, Marshall & Co in 1863.

Location: Aberdeen

Active: 1790s - 1863

Status: Dissolved

Breweries and other buildings

The Old Town Brewery was located in the High Street in Old Aberdeen, near to King's College, and was founded by Smith, Irvine & Co about 1790.

In 1811 the brewery was described as producing 2,000 barrels of porter and strong ale, and 1,500 barrels of table beer, each year.

A small part of the brewery complex still survives on what is now the campus of the University of Aberdeen.


Map of 1828 showing Smith, Irvine & Co's brewery
Map of 1828 showing Smith, Irvine & Co's brewery
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Other Sources of information


The National Records of Scotland holds papers relating to the company from the Court of Session.

Books and periodicals

Anon. Extensive brewery for sale. Glasgow Herald, 15th June 1861.

Thom, W. The history of Aberdeen. Volume 2. Aberdeen: Alex Stevenson, 1811.