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The Drover.

447 Gallowgate, Glasgow. G40 2DX.Tel: 01415541540.

The Drover 1991

The Drover. 1991.

There has been licensed premises here since at least 1845. John Ramsay a well known east end publican took over the pub in the middle of the 1870s, he also owned Ramsay's Bar in Duke Street.

The old premises were demolished and a new tenement of flats and a public house was erected on the site in 1912. Thomas Aitken the previous proprietor took over the new pub, his initials and the date can still be seen above the doorway of the pub.

Drovers 1970s

"The Drover." Note the spare ground where a tenement block once stood, this was part of a massive clearance during the 1960s and 70s that saw many of the Gallowgate Pubs demolished

The pub was frequented by the many worker of the meat market, the locals called this pub the Spaniards even although the name Anderson was above the door. One of the barmen then looked as if he just came from Spain hence the name.

William Anderson traded here for many years, he was also a member of the Whitevale Ward of licence holders.

Drover date

The Date above the doorway T. A, Thomas Aitken, 1912.

Drover 2005

The Drover, August 2005.

Drover sign

The ornate iron work above the door entrance at Gallowgate.

Whitevale Ward

Whitevale Ward.

left to right front row William Anderson, Thomas McNulty, Hugh Davis. Back A M Barr, Archibald McCulloch, George Neil, A Palfrey and Archibald McIntyre. 1934.

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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