Further details of Alexander Glen and Margaret Paul and the Old Boot Tavern.

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Jane Glen was the ninth of ten children born to Alexander Glen and Margaret Paul, who were married in December 1802 in Gorbals, Glasgow. Jane's birth is listed in the parish register for Glasgow on 13th June 1820, with her father's occupation listed as "vintner". Her father's address is listed in the Glasgow Directory of that year as 154 Trongate, and it would seem likely that this would be where the birth occurred.

The nine children recorded in the Glasgow parish register as born to Alexander Glen and Margaret Paul were : (For further details of the children of Alexander Glen and Margaret Paul - see Appendix C.)

Although two of these birth entries record Alexander Glen's occupation as a "weaver", his occupation in the Glasgow Directories of 1803 onwards is consistently listed as a "Spirit Dealer" or "Vintner". The addresses for his premises listed in the Directory vary from 1803-28, but after 1828 it remains 78 Saltmarket. The name of the tavern at 78 Saltmarket is listed from 1828 as "The Old Boot & French Horn Tavern", changing to "The Old Boot Tavern" post 1836.

Listing for Alexander / Margaret Glen in the Glasgow Street Directories from 1803 onwards

1803-04 38 Princess Street Vintner
1805 322 Gallowgate Vintner
1806 28 Saltmarket Vintner
1807 31 Saltmarket Vintner
1808-11 154 Trongate Vintner
1812 No Entry No Entry
1813-14 194 Trongate * Vintner
1814-22 154 Trongate Vintner
1823 154 Trongate & 14 Castle Street Vintner
1824-25 154 Trongate Vintner
1826-27 88 Trongate Vintner
1828-35 78 Saltmarket The Old Boot & French Horn
1836->>> 78 Saltmarket The Old Boot

*This may be error in the street number, having been at 154 for the previous three years and returning to it thereafter. Also where a street number changes, this could just be a change in the numbering of the houses, and not necessarily a move of house.

On 24th April 1840 Alexander Glen died, leaving an estate valued at 709 1s. 10p. (approx 34,165-00 today), and naming his eldest son, John Paul Glen, now a surgeon, as one of his executors. (For a transcript of Alexander Glen's Inventory and will - See Appendix E.) An announcement of his death appeared in the Glasgow Herald on 27 April that year.

Alexander Glen
Glasgow Herald 27 April 1840

There is a record of an interment of an Alexander Glen, aged 66, in a lair in the Gorbals Cemetry on 1 May 1840 which may fit with the above.

Extract from the Gorbals Cemetry Interments Book - 1 May 1840

Alexander's wife Margaret Glen took over the running of the tavern, and it is there that we find her, with four of her children (including our Jane) and a grandson, for the census of 7th June 1841.

1841 Census (7th June) Glasgow (644/1) Book 21. Page 7.

The Old Boot Tavern, 78 Saltmarket, Glasgow.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Margaret Glen 60 Vintner Yes
Margaret Glen (McMaster) 25   Yes
William Glen 20   Yes
Jane Glen 15   Yes
Andrew Glen 10 Apprentice Plumber Yes
James McMaster 4 Grandson Yes

In the Glasgow Herald of 26 February 1844 an advert appeared offering the Old Boot Tavern at 78 Saltmarket to Let "....in consequence of the present tenant, Mrs. Glen, giving up the business." This was reflected by "Old Boot Tavern" disappearing from the Glasgow Directory after the 1844/45 edition.

Advert from the Glasgow Herald
26 February 1844

The following year an advert appeared in the Glasgow Herald of 21 February 1845 offering for sale "THE OLD BOOT TAVERN, BACK BUILDINGS, and VACANT GROUND in that Close, No 73 SALTMARKET STREET. Also that SHOP, No 38, BRUNSWICK PLACE, with Two Sunk Cellars; and Two and Three-fourth Shares of the GLASGOW and LONDON-DERRY STEAM PACKET CO., being the Trust Estate of the late Mr Alex Glen".. My understanding from Alexander's Will, was that these properties and shares were being held in Trust to provide an income for Margaret, should he predecease her, as was the case.. Therefore I would assume that the fact that it was being offered for sale may signify the demise of Margaret Glen, nee Paul.

Advert from the Glasgow Herald
21 February 1845

There is a record of an interment of a Margaret Paul, aged 65, in a lair in the Gorbals Cemetry on 14 February 1845 which may fit with the above.

Extract from the Gorbals Cemetry Interments Book - 14 February 1845

It would seem that the Old Boot was not initially sold following this advert but was re-let to a Mr Wilson as an advert for the letting of the Yorkshire Tavern at 78 Clyde Street appears in Glasgow Herald of 18 May 1846 - "apply to Mr. B. Wison, Old Boot Tavern, 78 Saltmarket Street." One would assume that this was Mr Wison formerly of the Yorkshire Tavern, having taken uo the lease of the Old Boot letting his previous establishment?s, with the final one appearing in the .

Glasgow Herald - 18 May 1846

There is a water colour by Alexander Shanks, depicting the Saltmarket of 1849. In the painting, in the right-hand foreground, is a tavern bearing the legend "William Innes - Vine Tavern". This tavern is listed in the Glasgow Directory of that year as being at 93 Saltmarket.

As the "Old Boot Tavern" owned by Alexander Glen was at 78 Saltmarket, it would seem logical that it would have occupied a site slightly further down the street, towards the Glasgow Cross, (depicted in the back-ground of the painting), possibly in the buildings in the left-hand side of the street, left middle-ground of the picture.

The Saltmarket of 1849 by Alexander Shanks

In 1853 the Old Boot was once again offered for sale via an advert in the Glasgow Herald of 16 May 1853.

Advert from the Glasgow Herald
20 May 1852

Advert from the Glasgow Herald
16 May 1853

This time it was finally sold as evinced by an advert in the Scottish Guardian of Friday 10 June 1853 reporting of it actually being sold - "exposed the upset price of 650, sold 7lO."

Two years later an article in the Glasow Herald of 22 November 1855 suggests that the Old Boot was still functioning as a drinking establishment but illegally so..!!

Article from the Glasgow Herald
22 November 1855