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Moray Arms.

815 Great Eastern Road, Gallowgate, Glasgow.


Moray Arms

The Moray Arms was situated next door to the old General Wolfe Inn, Camlachie, Gallowgate. The ground at the back of this pub was called Vinegarhill, the famous east end show ground, where the Carnival and Fair was held. The new Forge shopping outlet now occupies the site of Vinegarhill.

This old pub dated back to the 1860s and probably even earlier, over the years it has been known under many different names. In the 1880s James M Smith the proprietor called it The Goal Post Bar, the name coming from the fact that Celtic Park was nearby.

Another well known wine & spirit merchant to have this pub was Duncan Dunbar Kellie, he renamed it the Moray Arms. He also had another pub in nearby Broad Street also called the Moray Arms. Mr Kellie blended his own whisky, one of them was a favourite of the folk in Camlachie called the Moray Dew. When Duncan died in the early 1900s his wife Elizabeth took control of this thriving business, however it was to much for her in the end and had to give up the licence.

Donald Cameron McMillan took over the pub in 1911 paying an annul rent of £49.00 to the owner an ex-publican Gray Edmiston. Mr McMillan continued as licensee until the end of the First World War when the pub was closed for good and demolished along with the old General Wolfe Inn.


Moray Arms drawing

An old drawing of the Moray Arms.

See other view's of the Moray Arms, click here.

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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