212 Carmyle Avenue, Glasgow. G32 8EQ. Tel: 0141 641 3862.
Auld Hoose, 1991.
Mr John Cameron, Licensee and Proprietor 1901.
Glasgow can boast of no sweeter suburb among the many of them than of Carmyle. Pleasantly situated on the Clyde and within three or four miles of the great city, it was in former years the Scottish Oxford where all in principal boat-racing events were contested. The Sylvan beauty of its surroundings scenery is beyond compare the most rural of all Clydeside villages, for Carmyle is but a village, yet, with a population of under 1,000 but extensive iron works and coal mines in its near vicinity constitute a place of no small importance and its salubrity as a health resort is well known and appreciated, particularly during the summer season.
Carmyle people are proud of the fact that there is no pawn shop in the town, such is not required there as one can guess from the air of prosperity that pervades over and round it. At this season of the year the rooks are busy preparing their nests in the many adjacent trees, and remarks passed by these intelligent birds on the stranger who passes beneath them do not at all sound complimentary.
It is here that Mr John Cameron has fixed his abode, and he prospers well. Mr Cameron got the rudiments of his knowledge of the Spirit Trade with Messrs. Stewart, Potts & Co., Miller Street, Glasgow, one of the first firms in Scotland, and built “the Auld Hoose” some three years since. The building which he owns is worthy of the proprietor and the town. Internally it is fitted up in the latest style with all the modern improvements, tiled lavatories with abundance of open space and light. The mahogany counter is of the horse shoe shape with stock barrels arranged at the end, and everything on the premises is kept spick and span by willing waiters.
By paying special attention to his business in all its detail Mr Cameron has made a phenomenal success, and is bound to be one of the amenities of the rising town. A large amount of trade is always being done here and that always in a quiet, orderly manner, rendering police services almost unnecessary. The coming summer evenings will bring humming times to Carmyle and its rejuvenated “Auld Hoose.”
Mr Cameron is also lessee of the Patterson Range Wine and Spirit Stores, 32 Main Street, Pollokshaws, where a brisk business is carried on. It is right on the road to Glasgow, opposite the Town Hall, or Town House, and is capably conducted by a younger brother.
Mr Cameron has faith in comfortable rooms with good fires, as much as in a good glass of beer, or a rare dram of good old Highland Whisky. Here the daily newspapers can be scanned leisurely with more than “the comforts of the Saltmarket.” Convenient to the railway station it proves a great boon to parties either leaving the ancient burgh with the queer folk on their way to Glasgow, or those returning from thence. Mr Cameron, as the name is sufficient to suggest, is a sterling Highlander, being born in Stontian close to fifty years ago, and is the happy father of a large family of boys and girls.
Auld Hoose, 2005.
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