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The Lochburn Bar.

1445 Maryhill Road, Glasgow.

Lochburn Bar gantry with trophys 1945

The gantry of the Lochburn Bar, displaying cups. 1951.

This part of Maryhill Road was originally called Wyndford Street, the pub sat at the corner of 121 Wyndford Street and 1 Gairbraid Avenue.

There has been licensed premises on this sit since the 1880's. Originally owned by the same family for nearly one hundred year, John McFarlane the founder of the business traded as a porter and Ale Dealer at premises at 93 Wyndford Street, Maryhill, he lived at 104 Main Street, Maryhill. His son John was a stationer at a small shop at 89 Wyndford Street. However there was a John McFarlane trading as a grocer and provision dealer at 94 Main Street since the 1860's.

These old premises were originally a white washed cottage, in 1893 the pub was owned by James McFarlane, the old premises were demolished to make way for a new tenement block with a pub on the ground floor are 1895. By this time John McFarlane was licensee another generation of the family conducted the business, he was also licensee of a pub at 180 Kelvinhaugh Street, many will remember this old pub as the Loch Sloy Bar.

John McFarlane sen sadly passed away in 1894. His son John continued as licensee for the two premises. In 1897 the firm traded under the title of J & J McFarlane, John & James. In 1899 John paid a massive £100 rent per annum for the premises, John was living at 10 Carlton Terrace.

In 1905 the licence was transferred to Mary Frew Baird McFarlane as trustee of the late James McFarlane. Mary continued as licensee until the end of the First World War. Edward McFarlane was licensee during the 30s, he was also the licensee of the Kelvinhaugh Street premises. When Edward passed away in 1950 his wife Anne took over as licensee. The pub was sold on in the 1950s and run by James Tresnan, he also ran the Old Wyndford Vaults across the road. The pub was finally demolished in the late 1970s.

The three cups on view in the accompanying photograph were won during the season that has just closed by Maryhill junior Football Club, the proceeds of this competition being devoted to Eastpark home, the Glasgow Central League Cup, and the Glasgow Cup, and on winning them the Club has one of its most successful seasons.

Mrs McFarlane, whose licensed premises at 1445 Maryhill Road are opposite Lochburn Park, the ground of Maryhill juniors, takes a keen interest in the fortunes of this junior organisation, and it was therefore decided by the committee of the house the trophies for the time being in her establishment. My late husband,” said Mrs McFarlane, gave all the help he could to the club and I have also shown my interest.

I am an honorary patron the only lady to claim that distinction – and I am proud to think that my name heads the list. We have a great many supporters of the club coming about here, and Paddy O’Hara, one of the staff, was general handyman for some twenty years at Lochburn Park helping to train the players and assisting in any way that was required.

The premises in Maryhill Road consisted originally of a whitewashed cottage, the licence being held by a Mr McFarlane, who was succeeded in the business by his son, Mr James McFarlane. On the death of the latter, his son, Edward, followed on. He was well known in the trade and for a time owned the Royal Hotel, Tighnabruaich.

He had many friends in the rugby world and on the walls at Maryhill Road are many interesting photos of the giants of the game. Side by side with these are pictures of such well known athletes as Clark and Anderson of Dundee, Starkey of Stirling, Mitchell of Glasgow, and Tom Nicholson of Tighnabruaich, with photos of former teams that played in the Maryhill colours. For several years Mr Edward McFarlane ran sports meetings at Lochburn Park and his untimely death in 1950 was a loss to the community.

Mrs Annie McFarlane Lochburn Bar Maryhill 1951

Lady Licensee presents Cup. 1951.

A Handsome trophy, known as the Festival Cup, was graciously donated by Mrs Annie McFarlane Smith, licensee of the Lochburn Bar, Maryhill Road, Glasgow, to the Old Men's Bowling Club associated with the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow. The trophy was to be competed for annually in pairs competition. On either side on Mrs Smith is Messrs McLeod and Mitten, the first winners of the trophy. 1951.


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