The History of Leith

September 2, 2004

Brewing in Leith

Leith in the early 19th century was famous for brewing. And celebrated in the famous ale brewed by Mr Giles in St Anthony Street Brewery.

It was made very strong and had an extensive sale and reputation at home and abroad Mr Giles became rich and acquired property in Peebleshire. The firm became Giles, Black and Co then passed into the hands of John MacNair. Which carried it on extensively for many years chiefly in the London trade

J.B.Scott and Co brewery an old established one was also in St Anthony Street; both of these breweries have now been converted to other uses.

Mr Thomas Barker an old respected Leith man for a great many years was a brewer in the Yardheads. His premises now for part of Messrs Bernard & Co distillery business.

Another brewery was carried on by Mr Thomas Rennie and afterwards by Mr Whitson to some extent

It is perhaps odd to note that there is not one brewery in Leith now.

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