The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire, by Forbes Gibb and Rob Close. 2013. 144p., illustrated. Softcover.
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The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshireis the fourth book in the Brewers and Breweries of Scotland series. In this book you will discover how the breweries in Catrine and Irvine were celebrated in poetry, how James Watt's grandfather attempted to stop sailor's wives pawning their household goods to buy ale, and how William Wallace was blown into a field by a boiler explosion.
The book is arranged in two parts. Part one provides a listing by town, with biographical information of the brewers known to have been active in the three historic counties of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire. Part two provides descriptions of the major breweries and brewing companies, past and present.
Original research has generated information and illustrations about breweries across the counties, from Ayr to Stewarton. Brewery historians will find information on brewers, breweries and their beers from 1559 to the present day, and pictures and locations of brewery buildings. Family historians will find over 700 references to brewers, their business associates and relations, from Adam to Young.
What the reviewers said
'This series is steadily growing into an invaluable source of information about the Scottish brewing industry, large and small, historic and modern, within the former county boundaries.' Allan McLean, SBAA Newsletter.
'The authors have brought together a wealth of information gathered from contemporary documents and newspapers. Those with family connections in this part of Scotland ... should consult this excellent source.' Stuart Laing, FFHS Reviews.
'This book is recommended reading for any family historian whose ancestors were in the brewing trade, and those with an interest in the local history of their beers.' Bruce Bishop, SAFHS Bulletin.