798 London Road, Glasgow. G40. Demolished.
The Cot Bar. 1964.
The Cot Bar was situated at the corner of London Road and Queen Mary Street. This old London Road howff was established in 1869 by east end spirit merchant James Barr.
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In 1888 David Auchterlonie acquired the licence. David was born in Kirkcaldy and moved to Glasgow with his parents in 1871, where he received his education. He did not intend to enter the spirit trade as he trained to be a civil engineer, but he never stuck to this occupation for long. For three years he sailed on board ships sailing from Glasgow and trading among the Australian Colonies, he gained a great knowledge of the sea and seeing some of the great Indian seaport on his way.
Mr David Auchterlonie. 1897.
Returning to Glasgow, David left the seafaring life for good and joined the staff in the wholesale trade with Messrs. Nicol Anderson & Co., St. Enoch Square but soon drifted into his father’s retail business, a public house at 222 New Dalmarnock Road, this old pub became known as the Prince of Wales.
His father William was in failing health and David came into the business to render assistance in his father pubs which then consisted of New Dalmarnock Road, London Road and Broad Street, he ultimately became licence holder for both pubs at London Road and Broad Street. His father died shortly afterwards. Jessie Auchterlonie continued a licensee of the pub on New Dalmarnock Road until 1926.
David Auchterlonie became heavily involved in the defence industry and was Convener of the Bridgeton Division of the Glasgow Licensed Trade Defence Association, he was also associated with the Scottish Wine and Spirit Merchants Benevolent Institution and a member of the Eastern Merchants. In his spare time he played bowls at the Cambuslang Club near to his residence at Cadzow Drive, and was a free mason of lodge St. Mungo No. 27. The London Road premises were sold to John McDonald in 1910, Mr McDonald continued as licence holder a few years before WW2.
During the war Thomas Clarkson ran this popular east end pub which was now known as the Cot Bar. The last licensee to hold the certificate was John Graham, he continued to serve the locals here until the pub was forced to close as a result of the building being unsafe and was due to be demolished a few years later by the City Council.
1962-1950 John Graham.
1948-1940 Thomas Clarkson.
1938 Mr P McPherson.
1936-1910 John McDonald.
1909-1898 David Auchterlonie.
1898-1888 William Auchterlonie.
1887-1869 James Barr.
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754 London Road, Glasgow.
William Aird took over this old public house in 1916. Formerly owned by John O’Hara, the address of this old pub was then 140 London Road. London Road as it is today runs from Glasgow Cross to Mount Vernon train station, in the early 1900s it was split into different sections, from Glasgow Cross it was called London Street, then Great Hamilton Street, where the Old Barns stands today, then Canning Street then London Road.
William Aird’s was a popular east end howff and was later became known as Stevenson Taylor’s. Situated near to the corner of Montgomery Street, and not far from Bridgeton Cross, there were six other public houses within a few hundred yards of William Aird’s establishment.
In 1883 William Aird was trading at premises at 29 Port Dundas Road at the corner of Garscadden Street, known as the Caledonia Bar, he later purchased a pub at 98 Dundas Street, this pub became famous in the 1930s as the Variety Bar owned by Scots comedian Jock Mills.
William Aird’s on London Road was later taken over by Matthew Edwin Taylor, who also owned pubs on the Gallowgate and Bishop Street, he belonged to the well known and respected family of Stevenson Taylor’s.After the 1960s Stevenson Taylor’s 754 London Road was demolished.
1960 Matthew Edwin Taylor.
1947 William Greenhorn.
1937-1916 William Aird.
1900 Charles O’Hara.
1899 John O’Hara.
1875 John Pinkerton.
26 Lancefield Quay, Glasgow.
The Waverley. 1991.
This old pub was opened briefly for the Glasgow Garden Festival and closed down again when the flower show finished.
In 1880 William Scott owned this old pub, then known as the Anchor Vaults, Mr Scott sold the pub in 1905 to publican Alexander Reid. Alex owned two other well known pubs, one in Hill Street, Anderston and one on Castle Street, this pub may be remembered by some as Kearney’s Bar.
The Reid family ran the Lancefield Quay premises for over 40 years, after the Second World War the pub was run by John Mitchell.
The Waverley was demolished to make way for luxurious flats on the Clyde Side along with Betty’s Bar.
Peter Keenan well known sports personality and British and Empire bantam weight champion boxer took over this pub after William McDevitt, the pub was then called after the owner, Peter Keenan’s Stable Bar.
Peter owned another pub in Glasgow the Sportsman.
Peter Keenan’s Stable Bar. 1978.
Young Peter Keenan hands over a festive dinner to John Paterson, winner of the dominoes competition at the Sportsman Bar, Keenan’s public house. 1956.
In the NEWS 1976…
The Big Guys that try to “claim” wee Peter.
That’s the trouble with being a famous ex-boxer.
“The trouble with being a boxer,” said Peter keenan, “is that everybody thinks you’re a mug and your brains are scrambled.”
Peter Keenan doesn’t look like a mug. He doesn’t even look like a grandfather, although he has a grandson five years old. At the age of 48 he looks at least 10 years younger and as if he could go into the ring at any moment. And he is a successful dealer in property, with a flourishing pub on the side.
Talking of pubs, Peter suffers from the “fastest gun in the West” syndrome. “Every now and again,” he said, “a big chap will come up to me and poke me in the chest and say, Think you’re a fighter, eh? Like to prove it, eh? And ten to one he’s about double my weight.
“It takes a bit of getting out of when a chap like that “claims” you, but I notice that they never do that to the big guys among boxers. Of course, this doesn’t only happen in pubs. It happened to me in a posh Glasgow restaurant not long ago.”
Peter Keenan pulling a pint in his bar. 1976.
How Peter Keeps Fit
Mind you, I wouldn’t like to tangle with Peter myself. He looks fighting fit and keeps that way by hill-walking and horses, he has what he calls “a wee farm” at Aberfoyle and manages to spend three or four days a week there.
As for horse-riding, “I really wanted to be a jockey when I was wee, so it’s great to be able to go riding now. “I left school at the age of 14 and my mother drew a dividend of £14 from the Co-op, she was a great one for the Co-op, and bought me a horse and cart and I started as a trader.
“What kind of a trader? Oh, anything I could make money out of, firewood, scrap metal, whatever was in season. I’ve been self employed ever since then.
” I’ve always been interested in money, especially after I became a boxer, because so many boxers have finished with a tragic end. “If you want some advice to pass on to young boys who are keen on boxing, tell them to get their fathers to look at every contract and make sure they’re not being done.
“I had a manager, but I left him to manage myself. I got more money for a Scottish championship than I did for an Empire championship under a manager. You tell the boys to be careful or they’ll end up getting toffee and balloons.”
Mind you, money has caused trouble to Peter Keenan too. “What’s the hardest fight I’ve ever had? Against a chap called Jake Tuli at Cathkin Park in the open air. I’d just come back from Australia and discovered that this fight might be put off because of shortage of money.
So I guaranteed the whole thing myself, daft! “Tickets weren’t going well because the weather was bad, but two days before the fight the sun came out. I was worried stiff about losing a lot of money.
“Then on the day of the fight everybody wanted tickets. I was sitting in my dressing room when I got word that it was a sell-out. “When I got into the ring with Tuli, I wasn’t really concentrating on the fight. I was counting heads in the crowd and trying to work out what my take would be. Oh, the money bug had got hold of me all right.
“Well, Jake knocked me down twice in the first round. He put me flat on my back again in the fourth. I stopped thinking about money, but I had a lot of leeway to make up. I knocked Jake out in the 14th round, thank goodness.”
Fighting was just natural
Peter Keenan started boxing when he joined the Army Cadet Force at the age of 16, “It was great to get suits for nothing.” The cadets were taught boxing and an officer entered Cadet Keenan for the Scottish Army Cadet Championship.
“I’d never been in a boxing ring before, but I won the fly-weight contest. I suppose it was just something natural in me, though my father had done some fighting when he was in the Navy.”
Who is Keenan’s favourite boxer? He has no doubts whatever that it’s Sugar Ray Robinson. “A great man,” he says simply. He also admires Jim Watt, the British light-weight champion who comes from Glasgow and KO’d world champion John H. Stracey in less than a minute when they were amateurs.
“If Jim Watt was a Londoner he’d be the world champion,” says Peter. “Scottish boxers don’t always get a fair crack of the whip.”
In the NEWS 1978…
Keenan Wins Fight For All-Day Pub Licence…
Cheers … Peter Keenan last night in Lancefield Quay. 1978.
Peter Keenan, the former boxing champion, won his fight yesterday for his public house to become the first in Glasgow to be granted an all-day licence.
Originally there had been more than 50 applications for similar licences, but some were withdrawn and Mr Keenan sat and watched as Glasgow Licensing Board sitting in Govan Town Hall refused all the others by a single vote.
Mr Keenan spoke on his own behalf and won an 8-3 vote to grant the licence for his pub, the Stable Bar, in Lancefield Quay, Glasgow. The Pub is now licensed to open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Keenan said he will start on Thursday.
“All the others were offering fancy menus, but we cater for working men, like long-distance lorry drivers,” he said.
In the NEWS 1979…
Peter Keenan. 1979.
Girls Barred From Peter’s Marathon…
The irrepressible Peter Keenan has been telling me of a marvellous idea he has to help handicapped children.
At his pub, the Stable Bar at Lancefield Quay, the other evening a group of customers were arguing about who was the fittest man in Glasgow.
Keenan’s assertion that he was caused an almighty argument and eventually a challenge, to run the 37 miles from Callander to Glasgow, on Sunday, October 14.
Peter, now 51, told me: “The thing has just snow balled and now we’re going to make it a sponsored event to help the handicapped children.
“Any male over the age of 16 years can enter, provided he’s got a sponsor. We’ll hire buses to take everybody to Callander, and we’ll try to get marshalls along the route to help people in trouble.
“We hope we can raise a few hundred quid for the kids.” Ever the chauvinist, Peter added: “We don’t want any women. It’ll be too tough for them.” That sounds to me like a challenge.
There were three public houses within a few feet of each other in the 1890s, the pub next door at number 24 owned by Mrs Davidson went on fire, the fire was caused by a defective chimney, the damage caused by the fire amounted to £20.00.
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Lancefield Quay in 1787…
46 Lancefield Quay. New Crane & Commercial Tavern, Miss E Taylor.
Other Lancefield Quay Pubs…
Betty’s Bar. 21
New Crane & Commercial Tavern. 46
613 London Road, Bridgeton, Glasgow. G40 1NE. Tel: 01415540958.
There has been a pub on this site since at least 1875. Landlord David White was one of the most highly respected publicans in the east end of the city, having premises in Orr Street, Dalmarnock Road, Hunter Street, Barrack Street, East Waterloo Street, Duke Street, Canning Street and two pubs on the Gallowgate, all the pubs had the title David White & Sons above the doorway.
The address of this pub was Canning Street (London Road.)
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David’s son James ran the pub on Canning Street (London Road) after his father death along with pubs on Broad Street, Gallowgate, Barrack Street and Reidvale Street, other members of the family ran the other establishments. James was still serving the locals here after the First World War.
Another well known publican to run this old established pub was Edward Walker, the pub still bears his name. Eddy Walker served the locals here for many years, one of his loyal barmen James O’Hare took over as licensee in 1965, he too ran a successful business here for many years.
Included in this photo Mr A McGowan, Baird Taylor Ltd; Mrs McGowan; Mr E Walker, Mrs Walker; Mr J Fyfe, Baird Taylor Ltd; Mrs Fyfe; Mr J Walker, Ainslie and Heilbron Ltd, Mrs Walker; Mr P Gray, Baird taylor Ltd, Mrs Gray; Mr A McEwan, George Younger and Son Ltd, Mrs McEwan. 1960.
Walkers, London Road. August 2005.
Interior view of Walkers Bar left to right James O’Hare, licensee, Mr W MacInally and Mr John O’Hare. Mr Walker was on a trip to Australia when this photo was taken in 1970.
538-40 London Road corner of 1 Blackfaulds Place, Glasgow.
Slowey’s Bar circa 1960s.
In 1863 Wine & Spirit Merchant William McLaren was licensee for these premises at Canning Street (London Road), he was also running two other pubs one at 361 Gallowgate and 169 Castle Street. He was living at 10 Barony Place at this time.
By 1880 John McLaren was running this were successful public house. In 1895 John Cameron was the new licence holder, John also had a pub at 322 London Road (Jack’s Bar)., his brother Duncan ran pub at 22 Cook Street in the south side of Glasgow.
The following year Duncan Cameron was running licensed premises at 22 Cook Street, 322 London Road (Jack’s Bar), 165 Allison Street ( P J Neeson) and Canning Street (London Road).
Just before the First World War the licence was transfered to Mary Ann Settle Andrews Stewart, the first female to hold the certificate. At the turn of the 1930’s Daniel Stewart was licensee he continued to serve the locals for a couple of years.
In 1934 Elizabeth O’Connor Slowey acquired from he late husband Patrick, the licence at 540 London Road. The name above the doorway was now Slowey’s.