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Balmore Bar.

251 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow.


Balmore Bar

Balmore Bar. 1991.

Balmore Bar was established in 1880 by publican William F Russell. William Frederick Russell was born in Gonerbyhill, Grantham, Linconshire, he came to Glasgow for a holiday and fell in love with the city and made it his home. He was employed by John MacLachlan of G & J MacLachlan Ltd as a barman, he soon made it to general manager of the firm. He left to start business on his own at the Balmore Bar in 1880 and took over the Gushet House in New City Road in 1889, this pub became well known as the Queens Cross, situated at the gushet of Maryhill road and Garscube Road. During his stay he only had 2 managers George Barnet and after his death John Grant took his position. William Russell died in 1911 leaving an estate valued at £12,839, 10 shillings and 1 pence.


In the NEWS 1978...

Gun Raid On City Pub...

Detective Constable Clark of Saracen CID is appealing for witnesses to an assault and robbery which happened at the Balmore Bar in Saracen Street on Friday, March 3 1978.

Two men, aged between 25-30 entered the premises threatening the staff with what appeared to be a gun and made off with a large sum of money. The suspects are described as follows:-

1/ Male, 5ft 7in-8in, average build, collar length dark straight hair, thin face with heavy growth and wearing a dark jacket and open neck shirt.

2/ Male, stocky build, dirty fair hair balding, wearing 3/4 length light coloured coat.

Detective Constable Clark said, I would appreciate any information which would help to identify these two men, so if you have any information whatsoever which would help in my inquiries please contact me at Saracen CID.


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