17th November 2008.
This months updates....
Thank you for everyone who turned up at the Hielan Jessie, Gallowgate on Wednesday. It was a great success as was the articles in the Glasgow Evening Times. If you are interested in Glasgow Pubs you are more than welcome to join me at the Hielan Jessie, Gallowgate every first Wednesday of the month.
Pubs added this month are, Jackson's Bar, Crown Street Gorbals. Also on that page is his other licensed premises including the Garfield Hotel, Cumbernauld Road, Lanarkshire House, Halfway Cambuslang, Jackson's Place, Argyle Street, Jackson's Dog House, Dundas Street and the Neuk, Carmunnock.
Some more Gorbals establishment added, McGovern's, Norfolk Street corner of Portugal Street, The Turf Bar, Rutherglen Road and Hospital Street, The Clady Bar, Thistle Street and Ballater Street, and a very rare photograph of James Jack's Tavern, Houston Street, Kinning Park.
If you would like a pub featured on oldglasgowpubs.co.uk. please do get in touch?
Thanks for all your emails in the past few months including, Margaret Minto, James Nunns, George Steele a well known and respected member of the Scottish Licensed Trade, Stephen McGuire, Robert McCurley, Janet Munro, and thanks to Norrie McNamee for all the nice photographs of the Gorbals. I am sorry not to mention all the emails I have received over the past few months as it would take up too much room. So Cheers to everyone involved.
31st October 2008.
I am so sorry for the lack of updates to the website.
This seems to be a regular occurrence now as I have been in and out of hospital and find it very difficult to update the site on a regular basic. So please to accept my apologies.
This months updates are...
26th January 2008.
This month is packed with hundreds of updates, new photographs both on Glasgow Pubs and Pubs outside the city boundary, including Aberdeen.
How Maggie McConnell sat on the Excise man. A few miles from Lochnaw is a little harbour of Dallybar. Here, some smugglers has landed a cargo of their usual wares, and these were carried up the hill of South Cairn, waiting till a band of volunteers arrived with a string of pack-horses to transport them inwards for distribution. The Custom-house officer in charge of the district received information of their doings, and, hurrying to the spot with the only coastguard-man disengaged, he promptly effected a seizure of the whole of the goods. The smugglers skulked off, and the one coastguard-man was sent back to press men and horses in the king's name to convey the precious treasure to Stranraer. The officer, pluming himself not a little on his alacrity, sauntered, sentry-fashion, round and round his prize, which lay heaped before him in rich profusion, his sword and a brace of formidable pistols at his side. Presently Mrs Maggie McConnell approached the great man, wishing him a good morning, to which he affably replied and accepted Maggie's proffered hand. He had unwittingly sealed his own fate. His arm was thrust upwards and at the same instant he was encircled by the siren's arms, and with a heavy fall was thrown helplessly on his back. Maggie then sat coolly down upon her victim, and, having placed her apron over his eyes, she held him firmly down as if bound in a vice. In vain he struggled; he coaxed and threatened her by turns; he shouted for help in the King's name and for a moment his hopes ran high; footsteps approached; he roared louder and louder, but no friendly voice replied. At last, but only when it suited her pleasure, Maggie released him from her grasp. But, oh, the vanity of human hopes! When he looked up not one of the articles lay in its old place, as he had himself seen them just before upon the ground. By the by his companion reappeared, but only to find the head officer with Galloway matron, who, bidding them adieu, disappeared without further loss of time, wishing them both a pleasant ride to Stranraer.
In 1892 Romania was the highest taxed country in the world. Every bottle of foreign wine has to pay a shilling duty. A case of whisky came from the Army and Navy stores, the transport tax stamps and other duties amounted to more than the price of the whisky. There was even a tax on female servants.
This notice was stuck up outside a pub in Quay Street, Saltcoats; "A man is specially engaged and kept in the back yard to do all the shouting, cursing and swearing that is required in this establishment. A dog is also kept to do all the barking. Our fighting man, or chucker-out, has won 75 prize fights and is a splendid shot with a revolver. An undertaker calls here every morning for orders."
The following table shows the quantity of foreign ale and beer imported into the British Islands during 1890. The quantity only reaches 32,000 barrels and this compares poorly with the 31,835,574 barrels which were brewed in the United Kingdom during the same year.
Norway.....1,498 Barrels; Denmark......1,667 barrels; Germany......14,773 barrels; Holland (much of this was German)......14,545 barrels; other Foreign countries...459 barrels; total 32,942.
This is an old recipe from 1892 on how to make Hot Ale. The following recipe occurred in the "Answers to Correspondents" column of a pharmaceutical contemporary. To make hot ale in a similar manner to ginger beer, dissolve 8Ibs of moist sugar in 8 gallons of water, to this add a mixture of tr. lipult 5ij., and tr. chiratae 5iss., with 20 drops of essence of pineapple. Float a slice of toast upon the liquor, and pour upon it 4 ozs of fresh yeast. Ferment at a temperature of 70 degrees to 80 degrees fahr. for a day, and then bottle. The colour may be brought up with caramel, or a part of the sugar may be replaced by treacle. But this recipe would evidently have to be considerably modified if employed for any but household purposes.
In 1893 Sir George Trevelyan asserts that at Bristol there are 287 public houses in the hands of one person, while at Blackburn one person held 132, and in Liverpool 143. In St. Margaret's Parish, Westminster, there are 38 public houses owned by two brewers.
A trip from Liverpool to New York in the Cunard Liner Umbria, which occupied eight days, the passengers, numbering 630, consumed 2954 bottles of ale and beer, 2780 bottles of mineral water and the contents of 670 syphons.