Ian Cameron, Head Brewer at Traquair, retires after 45 years

Ian Cameron is retiring from Traquair this week having worked on the Traquair estate since 1970 and as head brewer since the late 1980’s.

His involvement at Traquair started over 45 years ago when he moved from Newcastle to live in the area originally as an electrical engineer but soon started helping out the 20th Laird, Peter Maxwell Stuart at the newly restored Traquair Brewery on an occasional basis. He then progressed to working as a groundsman while continuing to work in the brewery part time honing his skills as a brewer.

Finally in 1988 he took over as head brewer under the direction of the Laird and from then on never looked back.

After Peter’s death in 1990 and the brewery was taken over by his daughter, Catherine. Ian oversaw the development and expansion of the brewery from producing several hundred bottles a year to the current production of a quarter of a million bottles that are exported all over the world. The beers have won awards and recognition including being voted 20th best brewery in the world in 2005 by the website, ratebeer.com

In the 1990’s Ian was joined by assistant brewery Frank Smith who takes over from Ian as head brewer with new trainee Ross Doherty who was recently appointed.

Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair, commented:

“We will all be very sorry to see Ian retire as he has put so much work and commitment into the estate and the brewery over the years but he has certainly earned his retirement.  Fortunately, he is staying on at Traquair so I am sure we will be calling on his many years’ experience now and again!”