175 Finnieston Street, Glasgow. G3 8HD. Demolished.
Dirty Dick’s was a favourite haunt with sailor’s. To read more on the history of this once popular bar you will need to wait until Glasgow Pubs and Publicans Volume 2 comes out.
There has been a public house on this site since 1853, Thomas Welch ran a small public house on this site until 1860.
There were no records for anyone trading after this until 1865 when well-known and respected wine and spirit merchant J & R McIntyre acquired a licence to sell wine and spirits from these premises which was a new tenement with a public house on the ground floor.
Brothers John and Ronald traded under the title of J & R McIntyre and was trading from 1863 from premises at 179 Main Street, 35 Kelvinhaugh Street, and 43 Richard Street before taking over the new premises at 175 Finnieston Street.
The name of the pub then had J & R McIntyre above the door.
In 1870 John was living at 4 Gray Street just off Dumbarton Road while Ronald lived nearby at 9 Minerva Street. Ten years later the brothers had public houses at 50 Elderslie Street, 400 New City Road, 546 Dobbies Loan, 28 Burnside Street, 43 Richard Street, 49 Piccadilly Street, 35 Kelvinhaugh Street and stores at 16 Cranston Street.
In 1890 the brother were trading from 175 Finnieston Street, 179 Main Street, Cranstonhill, 50 Elderslie Street, 526 New City Road, 540 Dobbies Loan, 28 Burnside Street, 43 Richard Street, 49 Piccadilly Street and their offices still at 16 Cranston Street.
J & R McIntyre still traded after 1894 however the firm disposed on the Finnieston Street pub.
The next licensee was John H McLauchlin, John lived at 40 St Vincent Street and traded from Finnieston Street until the 1935.
From 1935 until the 1940s Patrick W McNulty was licensee, he also had a pub at 129 Oxford Street and resided at 87 Barnton Street, Carntyne, in Glasgow’s east end.
During the 1950s and 60s many will still remember James McLaughlan who owned the pub, he was the last licensee before the pub was demolished.
Thanks to Glasgow Museums for this great image of Dirty Dicks which was taken by Partick Camera Club.
1960-50 James McLaughlan.
1940 Patrick W McNulty.
1930-1894 John H McLauchlin.
1894-65 J & R McIntyre.
1960-53 Thomas Welch.
Also see Ship Inn Bar, Kelvinhaugh Street.
Do you remember this old pub? If so please leave a comment.
Kirsty Miller says
I just googled this because I have a photo, given to me by my Mum. James McLaughlin (spelled McLaughlan in your piece) was my Granda (if it’s the same person). His son, my Dad, was Francis McLaughlin. The photo shows P W McNulty as the proprietor.
Kirsty Miller says
Oh goodness. Please delete that email message I just sent. I think I have this completely wrong. My sincerest apologies. My Granda was Francis McLaughlin, listed as Spirits Salesman, who passed in 1970. His dad was John McLaughlin who was a Quay Labourer in the Anderston area in the early 1900s.