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Douglas Arms. (Dougan's Bar)

656 Gallowgate, Glasgow.


Douglas Arms

Douglas Arms. 1970s.

This was originally Mrs Stevenson's Bar, a single storey cottage type pub situated at the corner of Gallowgate and Tylefield Street.

Mrs Marion M Stevenson took over the licence around 1882. It was originally a licensed grocers business away back in the 1830s and transformed into a public house in the 1840s.

Mrs Stevenson's Tavern

Drawing of the old premises Mrs Stevenson's, date unknown, this old drawing used to hang on one of the walls in the Douglas Arms. Thanks to Mr Frank Drew for this image. I met him many years ago in the Hielan Jessie on the Gallowgate.

Mrs Stevenson gave up the trade in 1902 and the licence was transfered to he son Robert Millar. Mrs Stevenson was twice married and Robert was a son from her first marraige, she managed the pub on the Gallowgate then owned it, she bought the property and from her savings a new public house with a tenement of flats above was built on the sit of the old pub, which was one of the finest pubs on the Gallowgate. Robert was 25 years of age when he took over the pub, he assisted his mother in the running of the bar on Saturday morning, he got his training in the licensed trade with Bulloch Lade & Company.

When Robert passed away the licence was transfered to his wife Isabella in 1927. The pub was sold to John Kellegher a wine and spirit merchant who ran the Snug Bar, Canning Street, the Royal Bar, Gallowgate, 105 Albert Road and another pub on Caledonia Road.

John Dougan

This photograph was taken from the Gallowgate looking at Tylefield Street. 1970s.

In the News 1973...

Ben outing 1973

Mr. J. Dougan (Douglas Arms, Gallowgate); Mr. N. Dougan, Windsor Tavern, Dumbarton Road; Mrs. H. Dougan: Mrs. J. Douglas; and Mr. H. Dougan (Glen Bar, Royston). 1973.


John Dougan took over the business in 1955, John and his family owned other well known pubs in the city including Dougan's, Royston Road, and Dougan's on Springburn Road. The pub was finally demolished in the late 1970s.

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


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