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The Hielan Jessie.

374 Gallowgate, Glasgow. G4 0TX. Tel: 01415520753.

Hielan Jessie

Hielan Jessie. 1991.

Thank's to everyone who came along to the Hielan Jessie for Glasgow Doors Open Day 2013.

This is one of the best pubs in the east end of the city run by the Gold family since the 1980s. To read the full history of this old established pub click here.

Formerly known as the Regal Bar.

The Regal Bar Gallowgate

The Regal Bar. 1960s.

Regal Bar Gallowgate2

Another view of the Regal Bar. 1960s.

Hielan Jessie interior4

A well known figure in the bar.

Hielan Jessie 2005

Hielan Jessie, August 2005.

Hielan Jessie interio1 Hielan Jessie interior2

Interior views of the Hielan Jessie. 2005.

The Old Barrack on the Gallowgate

Glasgow's infantry barracks in the Gallowgate, looking north with the university tower in the background

The Hielan Jessie sits opposite the old Barrack's of Glasgow. The barracks were built in 1795 at a cost of £15.000 and could accommodate up to 1000 men. Before their construction soldiers had been billeted with the town's inhabitants. The buildings were erected on the site of the city butts, were the burghers of medieval Glasgow had practiced archery and were required to gather at the time of the wapinshaws (weapon shows), to present their arms and armour for inspection. The first regiment to be stationed at the barracks were the Argyleshire Fencibles. However, by the mid-19th century the buildings were in a dire condition and in 1872 new barracks were completed on Maryhill Road. The old site was later used for a railway goods yard.

To read more on the pubs on the Gallowgate read up & Doon the Gallowgate by John Gorevan. A copy can be bought for a few pounds at the Hielan Jessie on the Gallowgate or contact me at john@oldglasgowpubs.co.uk

Many thanks to Mr & Mrs Billy Gold owners of the Hielan Jessie for a wonderful Hogmanay Party 2009 to 2010. Click here to see photographs of the party.


03/08/2013... A sad day, Josephine McCormack, Billy Gold's partner in the Hielan Jessie passed away today. Josephine was diagnosed with cancer.

Ten days later she passed away in Stobhill Hospice. She will be remembered for her bubbly personality, a lady that loved to sing country and western songs. Josephine had been spotted chanting in some of our city pubs. It wasn't long ago that Billy and Josephine welcomed my wife and I to their Hogmanay Party 2009-2010. Josephine then was the sole of the party. I will remember her as a kind, friendly and generous person. R.I.P.


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