The concentration of breweries in the tiny suburb of Duddingston was quite remarkable. Seven breweries within a few hundred yards of each other. Clustered around the railway which must have been one of important factors in choosing Duddingston. That and the wells providing good brewing water.
Take a look at this map from 1918:
I'm pretty sure I know all seven of the breweries.
|Machlachlan (Tennent 1960)||Castle Brewery||1901||1966|
|Pattisons Ltd. (Robert Deuchar 1899)||Duddingston Brewery||1896||1961|
|William Murray||Craigmillar Brewery||1887||1950|
|W & J Raeburn (Robert Younger 1913)||New Brewery||1901||1939|
|T.Y. Patterson & Co. Ltd. (James Aitken 1936)||Pentland Brewery||1901||1936|
|John Somerville & Co. (William Murray 1922)||North British Brewery||1897||1962|
|"A Century of British Brewers", Barber, 2005.|
|The Scottish Brewing Archive website|
If anyone can identify which brewery is which, I'd be most grateful. To help, here's an aerial photograph that shows most of them:
There will be more to come on Duddingston as I unearth more about its breweries.