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A Jardine.

360 Scotland Street, South Side, Glasgow.

Shandon Bells Scotland Street

The pub shown here was once owned by renowned Wine and Spirit Merchant Andrew Jardine. Shields Road Underground on the left looks so much different now, anyone from that time would not recognise the station.

There has been licensed premises on this site since 1874 and first opened as a licensed Grocers business (Off Sales) owned by Mr W D Prickard. In 1877 Hugh McKinnon acquired a full public house certificate for the premises and was successfully run by each publican that owned it. Like many other publican, Mr McKinnon lived just a short distance from his place of business at 334 Scotland Street.

The licence was taken over by Robert Stewart on 19th August 1884 and served the locals here until around 1905.

Andrew Jardine took over in 1907 and lived at Annan House, Maryhill.

Mr Jardine was a well known and respected publican having premises at 687 Garscube Road better known now as "The Star & Garter" and a small pub at 190 Gairbraid Street, Maryhill. Mr Jardine resided at Wilton Street, Maryhill before moving to Milton Cottage, Maryhill.

Mr Andrew Jardine

Mr Andrew Jardine.

Andrew Jardine was born in Applegarth, near Lockerbie, he came to Glasgow at an early age with his parents and received his education at Henderson Street Public School, afterwards at Larbert. On leaving school he entered the services of Duncan Walker, wine merchant on Hope Street, two years later he joined the staff of Mr Campbell, Cowcaddens. His next move was with well known and respected publican Thomas Reid, working in the firms Garscube Road premises, Jardine worked hard and secured the position of Manager for thirteen years only leaving to take over his own pub at 687 Garscube Road.

The name of his new pub was then The Thistle Bar, he installed all the best liquor including McEwan's draught 90s Edinburgh Ale, he also had his own whisky called "Captain's Blend." Jardine went on to own another pub at 360 Scotland Street. He was involved with the licensed trade and became secretary of the College and Maryhill Divisions of the Trade Defence Association.

In his spare time he would cycle to the country, he was also a football fan of the Jags and was fond of Scotch terriers, he was also a bird fancier, in 1896, with eight birds, he won eighteen prizes at one show, including the cup, the following year, although losing the cup by one point he carried off sixteen prizes with seven of his feathered friends.

Andrew Jardine had the public house until 1912.

A few other publicans took over the pub including Peter Mulhern, J Hilloch before Lawrence Brady another well- known and respected Glasgow Publican.

Lawrence Brady named all his public houses "The Shandon Bell's", he had premises at 115 Abercromby Street, 652 Argyle Street now "the Buttery" and 360 Scotland Street.

One of the next license holder for the premises was George Campbell he bought the pub from his cousin Angus MacDonald around 1947 not long after the Second World War. Mr MacDonald went on to build the MacDonald Hotel in the South Side of the city.

Mr Campbell discovered the old photograph at the top of the page in an old drawer in the office of the pub. George continued to run the pub until around 1953. The pub was then taken over by the West of Scotland Taverns Ltd and was demolished in the early 1970s.

Mr George Campbell's son kindly sent me emails over the last few weeks about his families interests in some of Glasgow's best known pubs.

"My Grandfather Partick McKay who came from Co. Antrim in 1906 to take up an apprentiship as a barman in Tennent's, Byres Road. By the time he retired in the 1950's he had three pubs, The Camp Bar, The Theatre Royal Bar and another in Maryhill ( The Black Bull) maybe. His son Robert took over the Camp Bar and son Denis the one in Maryhill.

The Gorbals was where my dad's cousin Angus MacDonald started out and he soon built up a substantial business empire including the Chancellor, Mallatsheugh, Black Bull hotel, Milngavie, the Bath hotel and possibly the Railway Inn in Busby and the Eglinton Arms in Eaglesham. His sons Angus would later return there to the Cross Keys which he owned for many years until his early death.

Angus brought his brothers John and Val into the business was well as my father who was given a job in the Black Bull after recovering from T.B. caught whilst in the Police Force. Angus told my father he'd bought a pub in his name The Shandon Bells. Angus also helped Francis Campbell set up in the Snaffle Bit. His two sons Ewen and Colin sold the pub to Belhaven not that long ago.

Mr Campbell when on to say that the Shandon Bells was a Whalers pub and patronised by the work force at the engineers Howdens just across the street."

Cheers Mr George Campbell...


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