Catrine Brewery Co

The Catrine Brewery Company was formed in about 1867 by James Barclay, who sold the business in 1869 to John Turner and Hugh Wilson Ewing.

They, in turn, sold the business in 1889 to a partnership formed by John Wallace Paterson, William Park, and John Kemp (who had been the brewer at the Catrine Brewery from about 1880) which continued under the same name.

John Wallace Paterson died in 1908, after which his trustees maintained his interest in the business.

After William Park resigned from the partnership in 1913 John Kemp continued to run the brewery, until his death in 1914. Although the brewery is recorded as occupied by the company until 1919 it is likely that brewing ceased shortly after John's death.

Location: Catrine

Active: 1867 - 1919

Status: Dissolved

Breweries and other buildings

The Catrine Brewery was established in 1789 as part of a planned village built by David Dale, of New Lanark fame, and Claud Alexander, a local landowner. After brewing ceased in about 1915 it fell into disrepair and was eventually used by a garage and then as a builder's yard. Much of the site has been cleared and is now occupied by a modern housing development. However, some buildings survive on St Germain Street, part of which incorporates the Brewery Inn.


Map of 1892 showing the layout of the Catrine Brewery
Map of 1892 showing the layout of the Catrine Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2023.


Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Close, R. Catrine Brewery. Scottish Brewing Archive Newsletter, 1996, 27, pp.15-21.

Gibb, F. and Close, R. The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2013.