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The Garscube Bar.

295 Garscube Road, Glasgow.



The Garscube Bar. 1930s.

The Garscube Bar sat at the corner of Garscube Road and Lyon Street.

There has been a pub on this site since 1854, occupied by spirit merchant John Anderson.

Wine & Spirit merchant William Golder acquired the licence in 1866 from Peter Maitland. Mr Golder and partner Edward Hunter traded under the title of Golder & Hunter and became one of the most powerful wholesale and retail wine, spirit and malt liquor merchants in the city of Glasgow. Between them they owned licensed premises in Garngad Road, Garscube Road, North Albion Street, Nelson Street, Gloucester Street, Sussex Street, Parliamentary Road, St Andrew's Street, and Main Street, Anderston, this pub became known as the Buttery.

Edward Hunter was born in Linlithgow in 1829 and lived in Hospital Street in the 1870s before moving to Clifford Street, Paisley Road.

William Golder the senior partner, lived in Eglinton Street before moving to Cart Bank, Milliken Park.

When William passed away his wife Elizabeth acquired the licence for Garscube Road. The firm continued under the directorship of James Robertson who held the licence for the other properties. The Garscube Road establishment was leased out to Alexander McLean in 1891.

Another well known publican to hold the licence for this very old city pub was Thomas Downie jun., he acquired the licence in 1908 and traded here until the 1920s. The pub fell into the hands of William McEwan & Co Ltd, brewers and was demolished in the late 1960s as a result of the City Council's redevelopment plans in the area.


Lyon Street Had its own armistice service every year...

"Lyon Street was a short street stretching from North Woodside Road to Garscube Road, and during the First World War there were more killed from that street than any other street in Glasgow, and maybe any street in Scotland, whole families were wiped out.

Every Armistice Day the tenants strung bunting across the street and at the Garscube Road end they hung a black cross with the letters, R.I.P, in white, adorned by a wreath of poppies. They also had a Roll of Honour in a large golden frame and it would be brought out of the local Bar and hung in the street.

Maryhill Barracks, being the home and depot of the H.L.I, sent a piper and a bugler every year to play "The Floo'ers o' the Forest" and "The Last Post" at the Lyon Street service. This went on till the coming of the Second World War.

The Lyon Street folk were a great-spirited people, torn apart with redevelopment. Perhaps some reader can tell me where the scroll is now and how many names were on it.


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