John Alley 1822-1898

Researched by Angelica Coleman and Marcia Butman

John Alley born into a Dublin brewing company, came to the US in the late 1850’s. He worked first in New York and then in Providence and came to Boston in 1867. He founded the Highland Springs Brewery. He withdrew in 1885 and founded his own brewery down the street on Heath Street. Alley's sons remained active in the brewery business after his death on 1898.

From Boston Landmarks Commission, Building Information Forms.

John R. Alley. Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1822 ; a prominent Boston brewer; life member of the Society. His grandfather, John Alley, was at One time lord mayor of Dublin, and his father was a graduate of Cambridge University, England. Mr. Alley, our deceased associate, had warm Irish sympathies, and it has been truly said of him that few men in Boston or New England did more for the Irish cause than he. His purse and voice were always at the disposal of his fellow-countrymen in the various phases of Irish movements in this country for the past thirty years. He was an ardent lover of Ireland, and took a lively interest in her history and literature. Admitted to the Society June 24, 1897 ; died in Boston, Mass., June 21, 1898. From the Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Vol. II, 1899