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Samuel Arthur Brain
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Birth: May 4, 1850
Bristol
Gloucestershire, England
Death: Feb. 19, 1903
Penarth
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Brewery founder. Born at West Street in Bristol, the son of a timber merchant, he entered the brewing industry and worked his way up from junior clerk to become the brewery manager. His wife, Frances Elizabeth (née Thomas), whom he had married in 1872 came from a brewing family and in 1882, with the assistance of his uncle, Joseph Benjamin Brain, he purchased the Old Brewery in St Mary Street, Cardiff from his wife's family. The pair grew the business and set about increasing the number of public houses that the firm owned and leased. They also circumvented the restrictions of the Welsh Sunday Closing Act of 1871, which forbade public houses to open on the Sabbath, by expanding the brewery's links with private social and working men's clubs, which did not come under the restrictions of the Act. The brewery output gradually increased from a relatively meagre 5,000 barrels a year at purchase to over 50,000 within ten years, making Samuel a wealthy man in the process. He was very active in civic affairs and served a term as Lord Mayor of Cardiff in 1899. He was involved in a number of charitable and social organisations and was church warden of All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth where a stained glass window commemorates him. He died in his 53rd year and was survived by his wife and three daughters. His uncle, Joseph Brain, and their descendants continued to manage and direct the brewery. In 1958 the company introduced S A Best Bitter. The beer that carries his initials remains one of its most popular brews. The company he helped found thrives to this day with Brains Brewery serving over 250 public houses in Wales, the South Midlands and the West of England. 
 
Burial:
Saint Augustine's Churchyard
Penarth
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Plot: to the right of church entrance
 
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Record added: Jul 19, 2012
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Samuel Arthur Brain
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Samuel Arthur Brain
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