Pubs of Glasgow: How 15 of Glasgow’s most famous and recognisable pubs got their names

Here’s how some of your favourite pubs in Glasgow got their name!

Glasgow is home to hundreds of pubs - but did you ever wonder how they got their names?

Many pubs in Glasgow are pretty old, some dating back centuries - back to when most of their customers would have been illiterate, but could still recognise pub signs.

Pub landlords of the time would opt for simple everyday concepts, like agricultural objects, to recognisable figures, events, trades, sports, and trade guilds.

Irish pubs tend to be named after the current or former owner, and this came over to Glasgow alongside the mass emigration of Ireland which brought many Irish people to Glasgow.

Nowadays (just about) everyone in Glasgow is literate, but pubs retain their classical naming conventions - with some keeping their names that date back centuries.

A lot of Glasgow pub names can be explained away easily when we know this, although some pub names in the city are a bit more involved, esoteric, and complicated than that.

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Here’s how 15 of Glasgow’s most famous and recognisable pubs got their names!

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