Robert Meiklejohn & Son

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Robert Meiklejohn & Son, Bass Crest Brewery, Candlerigg, Alloa, Central.

Founded 1774 by Robert Meiklejohn and moved to the Candleriggs Brewery 1787 and c.1852 to the Grange Brewery, the Candleriggs Brewery being leased to George Younger & Son Ltd 1852 and was sold to them in 1871.

Registered as Meiklejohn's Brewery Ltd. March 1890. Wound up April 1900 but they continued to trade as the Bass Crest Brewery Co.

Acquired by Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd 1918 after a lengthy dispute over trademarks.

Brewery sold to George Younger & Son Ltd. 1919. Brewing ceased 1941.


Michael Clark writes:-

Charles Maitland was a master distiller and manager at Bald's distillery in Alloa which eventually became Carsebridge distillery, closed a few years ago.

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He purchased Meiklejohn's brewery in Alloa around (or soon after) that firm went out of their family and the business moved to the Grange in Alloa, on the site of another distillery with an interesting history.

He renamed the brewery as the Bass Crest Brewery - that is where he came into conflict with Bass of Burton over names and trademarks.

Incidentally - one of the extended Maitland family in the USA married Curtis Le May who would become head of the US Air Force. A controversial figure.


Robert Meiklejohn & Son, 27 St.Enoch Square, Glasgow, Strathclyde.

Trading in 1887. Acquired by Maclachlans Ltd in 1923.


An assortment of images of the brewery


An assortment of items showing the products of the brewery


Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No : 3,264
Description : Bass Rock
Date of Application : 4/3/1876
Used Prior to 1875? : 19 years