Historical County: Ayrshire
Modern County: South Ayrshire
These northern suburbs of Ayr, which included the districts of Content and Wallacetown, passed a local statute in 1599 by which it was enacted that "no person should brew or sell ale under sixteen pennies ilk pint".
Fortunately, as they operated outside the boundaries of the Burgh of Ayr, the brewers were exempt from many of the taxes and duties. In 1833 Ayr Town Council attempted to prosecute Watson & Brown for importing barley from Dumfries to the north side of the harbour, but it was found that no custom or other duty was due.
Newton-upon-Ayr was home to a number of breweries over the years, the best known of which were the Ayr Brewery, and the Newton Brewery.