Nottinghamshire Guardian - Friday 11 November 1870, page 8.
There will be lots more of this type of stuff. Why? I've paid my 80 quid for a year's access and I'm not going to waste it.
Though this little article has, in addition to amusing the hell out of me, also confused the hell out of me. I'll explain why.
According to "Alloa Ale", James Calder bought the Shore Brewery from McNellan in 1862. So how come McNellan was still a partner in 1870 when this fight occurred? See what the book says:
"The Shore Brewery, Alloa, was built in 1816 by John McNellan, whose family were brewers and maltsters at nearby Cambusbarron. He was attracted to the site because of the good water available from a number of wells, and the close proximity to Alloa Harbour, which greatly facilitated the import of grain and despatch of beer. Furthermore, the site was connected to local coal pits by a tramroad or waggonway, coal being essential for heating and boiling purposes.The text says that McNellan went broke and the brewery was auctioned off in 1862. Surely under such circumstances he couldn't have remained a partner?
The firm of McNellan, Sons & Co. quickly built up a reputation for the quality of their sweet and mild ales but by the 1850's had switched with considerable success to the brewing of 54/- and 60/- Pale Ales, for which purpose the local water was eminently suitable. By 1860 McNellan's had established agencies in Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool and Newcastle,18 but the following year they ran into severe financial difficulties, and in 1862 the firm's assets including the Shore Brewery were poinded, that is, seized and offered for sale to recover the company's debts.
The Shore Brewery was acquired in late 1862 by James Calder who had timber importing interests in the neighbourhood."
"Alloa Ale", by Charles McMaster, 1985, page 29.
I can't imagine McNellan and Calder remained partners long after their fight. He clearly didn't mess about, Calder. Replying to a slap on the face with the whack of a shovel. It must have been a fascinating day at work for the clerks who witnessed it. I wonder if Calder really was prosecuted? And if so, what was his penalty. I need to search the newspaper archives some more.