James Heugh Aitken

Born: 1865

Died: 1933

Main Business: James Aitken and Co (Falkirk) Ltd
Started: 1887 Finished: 1933


James Heugh Aitken was a great-great-grandson of John Aitken, the founder of the Falkirk Brewery. He studied brewing in Germany and England before returning to join James Aitken & Co in 1887. He became a partner in 1890 and then became responsible for the management of the firm in 1894. After his father John died he converted the firm into a limited liability company, James Aitken & Co (Falkirk) Ltd, and became its first chairman in 1900.

James was president of the Falkirk and District Licensed Trade Defence Association and a vocal opponent of the Temperance Movement. His house in Lint Riggs, which became the company's general offices on his death, has his initials 'JHA' and the date 1904 carved on its frontage.

He was an enthusiastic footballer, cricketer, curler and bowler, and won the Calcutta Cup for golf in 1893. He was also a Justice of the Peace from 1903 to 1909.

He died in 1933 and there were several hundred mourners at his funeral, which was followed by a cortège of over thirty cars.

James Heugh Aitken
James Heugh Aitken, the first chairman of James Aitken & Co (Falkirk) Ltd

Other Sources of information


The University of Glasgow Archive Services holds a collection of papers relating to James Aitken & Co (Falkirk) Ltd. (Ref : AIT).

Books and periodicals

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

Gibb, F. The brewers and breweries of Stirlingshire. Stirling: Lomax Press, 2009.

James Aitken & Co. (Falkirk) Ltd. 200 years of progress. Falkirk: James Aitken & Co. (Falkirk) Ltd., 1940.