As you can see in the table below, most breweries didn't stay open long after purchase. Most closed within a few months. For those that did continue to brew, it was mostly only a stay of execution. Only three of the breweries in the table remain open: Belhaven, Caledonian and Tennent. Odd that Scottish & Newcastle, with its roots north of the border, should have closed every one of its Scottish breweries.
Given John Calder's long association with both Arrol's and Allsopp (later Ind Coope and Allsopp then Allied Breweries), it's slightly odd that his firm should have ended up in the Bass Charrington camp. Allied themselves missedout on the takeover frenzy, contenting themselves with the Arrol's brewery that they had owned since 1930.
By 1970, only two breweries remained independent: Maclay and Belhaven. The former abandonned brewing in 1999, turning itself into a pub company. The latter eventually fell prey to an English firm, Greene King, in 2005.
|How the Scottish brewing industry disappeared|
|Company||Brewery||Town||Total Capital £||Takeover Company||Date of Takeover||closed||Brewery group|
|Aitchison||Canongate||Edinburgh||400,000||Hammonds UBs.||1959||1961||Bass Charrington|
|Aitken||Falkirk||Falkirk||927,000||United Bs.||1960||1966||Bass Charrington|
|Bernard||New Edinburgh||Edinburgh||1,075,000||Scottish Bs.||1960||1960||Scottish & Newcastle|
|Blair||Townhead||Alloa||200,000||G. Younger||1959||1959||Bass Charrington|
|Calder||Shore||Alloa||525,000||United Bs.||1960||1961 (1921)||Bass Charrington|
|Campbell, Hope & King||Argyle||Edinburgh||250,000||Whitbread||1967||1970||Whitbread|
|James Deuchar||Lochside||Montrose||Newcastle Bs.||1956||1956||Scottish & Newcastle|
|Robert Deuchar||Duddingston||Edinburgh||Newcastle Bs.||1954||1961||Scottish & Newcastle|
|Fowler||Prestonpans||Prestonpans||300,000||United Bs.||1960||1962||Bass Charrington|
|Gordon & Blair||Craigwell||Edinburgh||Mackay||1954||1953||Watney|
|Jeffrey||Heriot||Edinburgh||280,000||United Bs.||1960||1992||Bass Charrington|
|Lorimer & Clark||Caledonian||Edinburgh||100,000||Vaux||1947||Vaux|
|MacLennan & Urquhart||Dalkeith||Dalkeith||-||Aitchison||1955||1958||Bass Charrington|
|McEwan||Fountain||Edinburgh||1,000,000||Scottish Bs.||1931||2005||Scottish & Newcastle|
|Morison||Edinburgh||Edinburgh||-||Scottish Bs.||1960||1960||Scottish & Newcastle|
|Murray||Craigmillar||Edinburgh||375,000||United Bs.||1960||1963||Bass Charrington|
|G. Younger||Candleriggs||Alloa||750,000||United Bs.||1960||1963||Bass Charrington|
|R. Younger||St. Ann's||Edinburgh||580,000||Scottish Bs.||1960||1961||Scottish & Newcastle|
|W. Younger||Abbey, Holyrood||Edinburgh||1,000,000||Scottish Bs.||1931||1986||Scottish & Newcastle|
|Brewery Manual 1955, 1960, 1965 (via "A History of the Brewing Industry in Scotland" by Ian Donnachie, 1998, page 240.)|
|"A Century of British Brewers", Barber, 2005.|
|Scottish Brewing Archive website|
There's one firm in the table that wasn't taken over: Ballingall. They just gave up brewing in 1964, though continued to supply their 7 pubs with beer from Drybrough until finally closing the business in 1968.
The process of rationalisation and closure in Scotland was an extreme, more concentrated form of what happened in England during the 1950's and 1960's. Except in England many independent companies not only survived but later thrived. Who has disappeared? The large brewing groups that were the result of the takeover frenzy. There's a lesson to be learned there.