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1856 McEwan's was started by William McEwan, a shipowner's son who established the Fountain Brewery at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, after serving an apprenticeship.
1857 William McEwan introduced Steel's patent mashing machine to the company.
1860s The company was exporting to the colonies.
McEwan's nephew, James Younger, managed the operation after 1886, when William McEwan entered political life.
1889 The company became a public company William McEwan & Co. Ltd.
1900s The brewery had a large share of the market throughout Scotland and north-east England, and was exporting to Australia, New Zealand India and South Africa.
1907 Boroughlock Brewery was acquired from Alexander Melvin and Co, another Edinburgh brewer.