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News 2009.

News 2009...

3rd December 2009.

This months updates...

Railway Vaults, Shawbridge Street.

Royal George Spirit Vaults, King Street, Pollokshaws.

Masons' Arms, King Street, Pollokshaws.

Flag Staff Tavern, Main Street, Pollokshaws.


24th November 2009...

The Old Trades Inn, Main Street, Pollokshaws.

The Clachan Bar, Shawbridge Street formerly King Street, Pollokshaws.

19th November 2009...

The Palace Bar, Duke Street update.

Maxwell Arms, Shawbridge Street.

The Cabin Bar, Shawbridge Street.

Can you name all the pubs on Shawbridge Street? If so please get in touch. Click here

11th November 2009...

Updates are...

Ben Mhor Bar, Henderson Street, Maryhill.

Steps Bar, Glassford Street.

The Laurieston Bar, Bridge Street.

Lough Erne Bar, Spoutmouth off the Gallowgate.

The Whye Not pub at 117 Bishop Street. Do you remember this old pub?

The Kiloran Bar, Eglinton Street update... thanks to Norman McNamee for the image.

5th November 2009...

Sorry for the long delay on the updates.

Updates for this month are...

The Tap Bar, Argyle Street.

The Grafton Bar, Cathedral Street.

Scottish Vintners, Ann Street.

The Three Ell's Bar, Govan Road.

David Wood's Bar, Govan Road.

The Rose, Nelson Street.

The Double Six, Broomielaw.

Hielan Jessie, Gallowgate update.

James Alexander, Anderston Quay.

The Mecca Bar, London Road.

McGregor's Bar, Colinton Street.

Mitre Bar, Brunswick Street update.

Shandon Bar, Gallowgate.

The Oasis Bar, London Road.

O'Donnell's Bar, Victoria Road.

Old Black Bull, Gallowgate update.

Old Canteen Bar, Gallowgate update.

William Donnelly's Bar, London Road.


16th August 2009...

This months additions are...

The Harbour Bar, Rothesay.

Update on The Curlers Tavern, Byres Road.

Update on Samuel Dows, Mitchell Street.

The Cellar Bar, Glassford Street.

Dicks Bar, Gallowgate.

Royalty Burns Club Bowlers 1970.

Viceroy Bar, Edinburgh.

Bull Inn, Paisley.

Strathisla Distillery.

Dumfries Arms, Dumfries.

Rob Roy, Govan.

Whyte & MacKay, Whisky Vintage Car Cartons. 1970.

Club Bar, Gallowgate.

Nags Head, London Road.

H. L. I. Bar, Maryhill.

Jolly Sailor Bar, Greenock.

Queen's Head, Berwick.

Burns Monument Hotel.

Victoria Bar, Abroath.

Jeanie Deans Bar, Govan Road.

Update on Dixon Blazes Bar, Gorbals.

Bowhouse Hotel, Grangemouth.

Coburg Bar and New Dock Tavern, Leith Dominoes winners. 1970.

Buckie Golf Club members.

Update on Devon Bar, Eglinton Street.

Update on Sloan's, Argyll Arcade.

Pickwick, Shawlands Arcade.

The Capri, Dumfries.

Update on Old Eagle Inn, Howard Street and Raymond McCrudden.

Update on Kai Johansen's Bar, Govan.

Update on the Phoenix Bar, Old Rutherglen Road, Gorbals.

Black Bull Inn, Dunbar.

Lochinvar Bar, Berryknowes Road, also known as Moss Road.

I will be covering many images and stories from the 1970s in the next couple of updates, so watch this space...

Over the next 12 months the Treasury expects to collect £1,000 million from taxes on alcohol. 1971.

William G Lundie, president of the Scottish Wine and Spirit Benevolent Institution. 1971.

Regal Bar, Dumbarton Road.

Thomas Flynn.

Update on Chapman's, Rutherglen.

In 1971 Tennent Caledonian Breweries announced that with effect from Monday 12th April, 1971, the wholesale prices of their Canned Beer Products, with the exception of Tennents Super Lager, will be increased by: Large Cans 5 pence per dozen and small cans 3 pence per dozen. The price of Tennents Super Lager, large cans, remain unchanged.

Consumption of Wine in Britain in 1970-71.

Lorry Driver of the Year for Tennents Caledonian Breweries. 1971.

Alexander M Don, president of the Scottish Wine and Spirit Merchants Benevolent Institution. 1971.

Jack Gow, chairman of the Scottish Licensed Trade Veto Defence Fund. 1971.

Dungeon Bar, Perthshire.

A summary of Licensees who fell foul of the Law. 1971.

Guinness take-home promotion 1971.

update on the Horse Shoe Bar, Drury Street, Glasgow.

update on the Court Bar, Hutcheson Street.

The Ferns Bar, Ladywell, Livingston.

Glentanar Bar, Aberdeen.

Angus Hotel, Dundee.

8th July 2009.

Can You Help

Matthew Annis is researching for a Glasgow History Book and looking for information as follows...Dear John,

I am a researcher currently preparing a book on the history of Glasgow, and I was wondering if you might be able to assist me with some information. 

One chapter in the book will focus on drinking in the city between 1914 and 1945, and rather than skimming over the topic, or merely quoting newspaper stories and cliches concerning the Glaswegian fondness for the drink, as so many books do, I thought it might be better to devote some words to talking about pubs, publicans, and drinkers.  After all, pubs being important social institutions in the city, as much as churches or sports clubs were (or more so), it seems only fair and balanced to do so. 

The problem is that most histories have glossed over the subject, and contemporary reports are vague or biased.  I wondered if you, or any other contributors to your web project, might be able to help me with this?

Basically, I am looking for a summary of which pubs were the most famous, or notorious, in the inter war period, which publicans and drinkers were of note, who were the main figures in the brewing/pub industry, what were the favoured pubs/clubs of different sections of the community or different classes?  Also, any other stories/references of note concerning pubs and alcohol in the city at the time.

Naturally, even if you are unable to answer all of these questions, any information you can provide will be hugely appreciated, and will help make the book more even-handed!

Kind Regards

Mathew Annis

If you can help email Matthew at mathewannis@gmail.com

Reo Stakis £500,000 Hotels plan withdrawn.

Bravery Award for Pub Manager. Man shot dead in the Round Toll Bar, Possil Road.

Photo of a few friends in the Double six bar, 66 Broomielaw.

The Eagle Lodge, Bishopbriggs.

Luss Hotel, Loch Lomond.

Wedding of Irene Deans, daughter of well-known Shettleston publican.

Oban Licensees'.

Oban Hotels and Pubs.

Argyll Hotel, Caledonian Hotel, Columba Hotel, Grand Hotel, Kings Arms Hotel, Marine Hotel, Oban Inn, Regent Hotel, Royal Hotel, Aulay's Bar, Harbour Inn, Lochavullin Bar, Tartan Tavern. Oban Distillery and many more.

Antonine Bar, Kirkintilloch.

update on Peter Smith, Sheddens Bar, Shettleston.

In June 1970, the Distillers Company, Ltd., had struck a wage bargain with about 9,000 of their employees which should result in the maintenance of good relations between the management and the workers.

After negotiations conducted over a fairly long period agreement had been reached on the terms of a pact under which members of the Transport and General Workers' Union and the Union of General and Municipal Workers will receive increases of £3 10shillings a week and £2 8 shillings in June 1971.

The agreement, which is subject to the approval of the Department of Employment and Productivity, concerns those working in the bottling and blending departments and in the grain distilleries.

Both unions at delegate meetings approved the new agreement, under which they will accept changes in methods of working and manning based on standard performance as established by work measurement.

There is to be full flexibility between jobs of a none-craft or none-supervisory nature and a new improved job evaluation scheme. As from midnight on Sunday, June 7 1970, men aged 18 and over will get 10 shillings 7 and a quarter pence an hour and women 8 shillings and 5 and a half pence.

Subject to co-operation in improving productivity during the first 12 months of the agreement rates of pay will be further increased as from mid-night on June 6 1971, to give men an hourly rate of 11 shillings 19 and a half pence and women 9 shillings 8 and a quarter pence.


3rd July 2009.

Thanks to everyone who has emailed photographs and information on Glasgow Pubs.

Can anyone remember the Centre Spot Bar in the Gorbals run by a Mr McFadden around 1970?

Updates on the Iron Horse, West Nile Street.

Updates on Matthew Reid's, Bar 82, Dundas Street.

Red House, Ingram Street.

Update on Jackson's Bar, Crown Street.

Mr C C Holmen, Director of the Carlsberg, head brewer.

First Women Directors of the Edinburgh Licensed Trade Association.

Seven Years for Pub Hold-Up.

Famous Port Dundas Distillery to close down after 200 years of history.

Drinks giant Diageo has announced that it will close one of Britain's oldest distilleries at Port Dundas in a bid the multi-national company says is to cut costs. The famous distillery north bank of the Forth and Clyde Canal can trace its history back to 1810.

The doors will close next year, 2010, when the distillery is due to celebrate its 200th anniversary on the site. A total of 140 jobs will go; a further 80 office-based staff will be moved from Dundas House at Port Dundas to another location in central Scotland over the next two years.

Glasgow Liberal Democrat MSP Robert Brown described the news as a "real blow".

Donald (Dan Campbell, Edinburgh Publican.

Pub That's Hard To Sell.

Berwickshire Licensed Trade Association Ball. 1970.

Jim Currie of Black & White, James Hograth of Drybrough's.

Golfing Vintners Big Night Out. 1970.

Dundee measures pass test.

Rutherglen pubs update. Pop Inn, Spot Bar.

Scottish Brewers' Inverness depot.

Mill Inn, Reidvale Street.

Burns Howff, West Regent Street.

Red Lion Inn, Kelso, Roxburgh.

Alastair Dow President of the Ben.

Fruit Machines in Scottish Pubs.

Fruit Machines new procedure.. The Scottish Licensed Trade Association aimed at acquainting the trade with their obligations under the new Gaming Act, which transfers the responsibility for the issue of fruit machine permits from the local authority to the licensing magistrates. The demand by licensees in the Edinburgh area for permission to install fruit machines on their premises had grown so rapidly recently that over 150 applications will come before the licensing magistrates on February 1970. The licensees were determined to make their voices on this issue.

Licence bids galore in Veto Poll Ward. (Pollokshields)

On 28th February 1970, Applications for 16 licence's in the Pollokshields ward of Glasgow, scene of a recent veto poll which resulted in the whole of the ward going 'WET', are among those which will come before Glasgow Licensing Court at its forthcoming sitting. Four of these applications, under the category of removals of certificates in suspense, are for public houses. They will be the first applications for public houses in the ward to be considered by the court for more than 40 years.

The other 12 applications in the ward are under the category of new certificates. Two of these are for the provisional grants of hotel certificates, both being on behalf of Stakis Holdings, one for 301 St. Albert Drive and the other at 116 St. Andrew's Drive. The remaining ten applications in the ward are for off-sales certificates.

14 of the 16 applications are for the residential area in the ward, the traditionally 'dry' area, and 2 for the housing scheme of Pollok. This housing scheme, although nominally 'wet', had no licence's because of the previous corporation policy of not having licence's on grounds or premises owned by them.

One of the applications for the Pollok scheme is by Mrs Elizabeth Strain, who is applying for the removal of her public house certificate in suspense from 122-24 Cowcaddens Street to 210 Crookston Road. The other, on behalf of the Scottish C0-oprative Retail Services, is for a new off-sales certificate at 20 Broadcast Terrace.

2 Glasgow Licences Axed in 1970.

The drive against under-age drinking again provided the drama at Glasgow Licensing Court when the magistrates withdrew the licence's of two well known city premises after police complaints.

The premises were the Stevenson Taylor (Glasgow) public house at the corner of Parliamentary Road and Buchanan Street and the Stirrup public house and restaurant at 1055-1061 Sauchiehall Street.

In both instances the Chief Constable Sir James Robertson, objected that the premises were not being conducted in a proper manner. He said that in the Stevenson Taylor premises there had been three cases of under-age drinking involving a youth of 15 and 17 years old youth. The youths were later convicted.

In objecting to the renewal of the licence for the Stirrup, Sir James lodged seven complaints, including two of under-age drinking. The youths concerned, aged 15 and 16, were also later convicted.

The licensees themselves had not been prosecuted.

The court refused to renew the licence for the Stirrup, held by Mrs Helen Byrden. As regards the Stevenson Taylor premises, an application was put before the court for the transfer of the licence from Mr William Brownlee to Matthew E Taylor. The court refused the transfer application and also refused renewal of the licence.

Mr Hugh T McCalman, solicitor, appearing for Mr Brownlie and Mr Taylor, pointed out that Mr Brownlie had been given no opportunity to defend himself in connection with the complaints and said it was wrong to deal with a man as though he had been convicted.

It is a complete defence to the licence-holder to prove that he had no reason to believe that the persons served were under 18, said Mr McCalman. Had Mr Brownlie been prosecuted, this defence would have been available to him. Mr McCalman added that because of the manner in which the police enquiries were conducted, Messrs. Stevenson Taylor had been unable to find out which member of their staff had supplied the drink.

Explaining the steps the firm had taken in an attempt to prevent under-age drinking, Mr McCalman said that in all their shops notices are displayed concerning under-age drinking, and that there are notices in the windows to the effect that anyone under 21 will not be permitted entry

Mr McCalman also told the court that the premises concerned had been in the Taylor family for over 100 years and that at no time had there been a licensing prosecution.

Asking for the licence to be renewed and for its transfer to Mr Taylor, Mr McCalman said that the form Stevenson Taylor was owned by the trustees of the late Edward Taylor, and in order to wind up the trust they were disposing of the assets.

Mr McCalman also explained that the business for Messrs. Stevenson Taylor and that Mr Brownlie, secretary of the firm, concurred in the transfer. Mr Brownlie deeply regretted the complaint, coming as it did when his connection with the firm was being severed.

In all, the police objected to 23 applications, mainly to renewals of licence's. Several of the complaints related to the supply of drinks out with permitted hours.

22nd June 2009.

Thanks for everyone who has sent in emails, photos and information on their families.

Also in this months updates is...

Early Glasgow Taverns.

Black Boy, Gallowgate.

Greenhead Brewery.

Partick Pubs.

The Ark Inn, Partick.

Pointhouse Inn, Partick.

Stockwell Street Pubs. including Penny Ales, Robert Jeferay's Tavern, John Scott's Tavern, Andrew Purdon's Tavern, Clan Inn.

Trongate updates.

Tontine Hotel.

Mason Arms Trongate.

Black Bull, Trongate.

Britannia, Trongate.

Donelly's Tavern, Tron

Argyle Street updates.

Bucks Head, Argyll Street.

Gallowgate updates.

George Square Taverns.

Bun House Inn, Old Dumbarton Road.

Wheat Sheaf Inn, Old Dumbarton Road.

Goose Tavern, High Street.

Saltmarket updates.

Bailie Nicol Jarvie and the Singing Saloons.

Broomielaw updates.

High Street updates.

Herb Ale House, Provands Lordship.

The Star Inn, Ingram Street.


15th June 2009.

Early Drinking in Glasgow.


13th June 2009.

Read all about it, read all about it.



11th June 2009.

Glasgow's smallest pub closes after a Fire.

Glasgow is Targeted in a bid to boost pub trade.

A pub company which has created more than 500 jobs in England and Wales by reopening pubs hit by hard times is coming to Glasgow.

London Town, which identifies recently shut pubs or those in trouble and makes money by keeping them operational, is moving into Scotland, and looking to Glasgow for its first venture.

The business has an ambitious strategy in reopening these pubs with the belief that many viable businesses were closed because they couldn't access the right investment, access to credit, business plan and support. Operations director Russell Cawtheray said: "Many pubs should never have closed in the first place. It is much more cost-effective to offer a small but steady number of customers somewhere to socialise. By listening to what customers want, we have been able to revitalise establishments."

Between December 2008 and March, London Town has taken over 125 pubs, and its impact has been noticed by big operators. Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns, the biggest landlord in Scotland which owns Hubbards in the city's West End and 1901 on the South Side, are now working in partnership with London Town to address potential closures within their own estates.

Thirty-nine pubs a week across Britain, nearly six per day, shut in the last six months of 2008 and almost 2000 called time for the last time. Spiralling costs, tumbling sales, fragile consumer confidence and cheap super-market alcohol have all affected sales.

Colin Pedrick, Enterprise Inns managing director operations, said; "We have found London Town very quick to respond and on many occasions we have been able to prevent potential closures through working with them. We have also been able to maximise the performance of other pubs that were struggling."

London Town chief executive Billy Buchanan believes that, as the credit crunch continues, the fact that some pubs can also offer a home will spark greater interest in the sector. He said; People want a steady income in uncertain times and when a pub can provide that, it will be highly sought after. Many pubs offer accommodation, another highly attractive feature."


7th June 2009.

Robert Chapman, Coatbridge and Glenboig.


6th June 2009.

The Royal Bar, Coatbridge.

Couper's Bar, Main Street, Coatbridge.

The Old Toll Bar, Coatdyke, Coatbridge.

Sunnyside Bar, Sunnyside Road, Coatbridge.

I am sorry for everyone who turned out at the Hielan Jessie this month, as you will have noticed I was not there. I had a cancellation at the hospital that day.


2nd June 2009.

This glorious summer's updates...

Coatbridge Pubs.


29th May 2009.

Old Pub name discovered as pub gets renovated.


24th May 2009

More updates this month.

Many thanks to all your kind emails and images you have posted. Keep up the good work.

The Little Mill Tavern, Green Street, Calton.

Peter Hanaway's tavern, Green Street, Calton.

The Three Ell Bar, Govan Road.

Govan Road Pubs updated.

Garscube Road updates including McParland's Bar, Deery's Bar, Bears Paw New Camp Bar.

Issac Stark's Athletic Bar, Airdrie.

Baby Blue, Bath Street.

Arthurlie Inn.

The Ark North Frederick Street.

Bar Budda update.

Hamilton Public House update including the Sutherland Arms, Oliver's Inn, Mill Inn, Hillhouse Bar, Cadzow Bar, Lachie Macmillan's Bar, the Wine shop, Argyll & Sutherland Bar, Bruce Arms, and many more.

Argosy Bar, Paisley Road West.


16th May 2009.

Thanks for all your emails, and special thanks to Peter Mortimer who has a great knowledge of Glasgow history and the names of Glasgow Streets. Cheers Peter.

More updates for you including...

Broon's Bar, 163 McAslin Street, Townhead.

The Tavern, 99 Glebe Street, Townhead.

The Glebe Bar, Townhead.

Robert Glover's 149-51 Albert Street, Townhead.

Argyll Arms, 122 Glebe Street.

Exchange Bar, Anderston.

The Bakers Arms, Anderston.

Carrick Street pubs, Thomas Brownlie's Tavern and McLean's Bar.


9th May 2009.

Do you know where Caughley's Bar was in Maryhill?


4th May 2009.

This months update...

Cambuslang Pubs.

The Auld Hoose, Westmuir Street, Parkhead.


28th April 2009.

Added this month...

Old Carmunnock Inn.

Archibald Walker, Crosskeys, Kirkintilloch.

International Bar, London Road.

Rab Ha's, Hutcheson Street.

Kirkintilloch Pubs.

Hamilton Pubs.

The Douglas & Clydesdale Hotel, Hamilton.

William Docherty, Railway Luncheon Bar, Hamilton.

Robert McGregor, Hamilton.

Robert Lachlan, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Hamilton.


30th March 2009.

This update includes...

Fleck's Bar.

Patsy Gallacher.

Malletsheugh Inn.

The Cross Keys, Gardner Street.


Reid's Advert.

London Road Tavern Advert.


Anderson's Auld Hoose, Westmuir Street.

I have included a list of Glasgow Celtic Football managers and players that have owned pubs in and around Glasgow. I am hoping you can help with the Rangers team.

New Era Bar.

Does anyone remember the New Era Bar, Gorbals? Do you recall where it was situated or did you know John Scanlan the proprietor of the bar.

Have you heard of a pub called the Bundoran or the Dundoran Bar in the Gorbals during the 1950s. What about the Mucky Duck and Satellite City in Govan?


16th March 2009.

Are DARTS illegal.

The Keystanes in Landressy Street has been closed now for some time. Clyde Gateway has bought the pub and the customers car park which is directly opposite the Public Library. Clyde Gateway are proposing to demolish the pub to gain ownership of a large are of land to build new houses or offices on the site. The pub will be demolished sometime in March 2009. Clyde Gateway have offices at 15 Bridgeton Cross.

The Waverley Bar, Gallowgate.

The Camphill Vaults, Bothwell.

The interesting history of John Eadie and R W Cairns.


4th March 2009.

This month up-date of Pubs and Publicans of the year 1895 including The City Bar, 100 New City Road owned by Mr William Imrie. John McCormick, Harvie Lane, Greenock. James Cameron, Douglas & Clydesdale Hotel, Hamilton. J S Sanders, 23 Nicolson Street, Greenock. William Brown, 40 Westburn Street, Greenock. The Old Saltmarket's Redevelopment. The Commercial Inn, Stranraer, owned by James MacKenzie. Blakley's Bar, High Blantyre. Volunteer Bar, Blantyre. Matt's Bar, Blantyre. Auchinraith Vaults, Blantyre. Old Original Bar, Blantyre. Stonefield Tavern, Blantyre. The Parkville Road House, Blantyre. Village Bar, Blantyre. Commercial Bar, Blantyre. The West End Bar, Blantyre. Larkfield Bar, Blantyre. Bla,an,tir Inn, Blantyre. Apollo Bar, High Blantyre. The Barnhill Tavern, Blantyre. Carrigan's Bar, High Blantyre. The Doon Inn, Blantyre.

6th February 2009.

Welcome to all the new comer's.

This month many pubs have been added to the site, here is a list of just a few of them... Bailey's Bar, Fairfield Street, Govan; The University Bar Argyle Street; The Auld Hoose St George's Road; Crown Inn Camp Road, Baillieston; the Kings Head Inn Stirling Street; Harmony Bar Orchard Street, Gorbals; and the Royal Oak Bar in Ingram Street.

I would also like to thank everyone with there emails and requests especially Mr Billy McLaren who sent me the image of the Royal Oak in Ingram Street. CHEERS Billy.

Jo Hawksworth sent me a great image of the interior of the Horse Shoe Bar in the Gorbals. John Hendry sent me info on the Malletsheugh Inn, Mearns., and everyone else that sent images.

18th January 2009.

Over the last few years I have been ask what happened to the Mitre Bar's neon sign. Well thanks to Billy Gold of the Hielan Jessie on the Gallowgate, he told me at the last meeting at his pub that the sign was indeed erected on a wall in Tontine Lane off the Trongate.

This month I have included some of your messages on the Forum Page. If you can answer any of the messages please do so. And if you want to leave a message on the Forum page Click here.

7th January 2009.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Updates for this new month is some more Gorbals Pubs which include the Seaforth Bar, McKellar's Bar, King's Arms, Doyle's Bar, Benny's Bar and an east end bar called Arthur Mone.


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