Aird, who served five terms as Lord Provost, had his mansion on this site, and, while his fowl were being fattened for the pot, would paddle and peck about in the street’s muddy puddles.
You can see a portrait of Aird in today’s Merchants’ House, on the corner of George Square.
The Clutha – the ancient name for the Clyde - even makes a fleeting appearance in French director Bertrand Tavernier’s little seen 1980 sci-fi movie Death Watch, starring Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, and a very young, and surprisingly slim, Robbie Coltrane. Situated at the foot of Stockwell Street, one of Glasgow’s oldest thoroughfares, the bar used to have some posh neighbours.
Across the road, on the corner, was once the city’s, thatched, Custom House.
In places where atrocities or widespread human rights violations occur, we sometimes hear ordinary citizens later claim they didn’t know what was going on.
It was another five years before the locals could toast the Iron Duke's victory over Old Boney, as the premises weren't granted a licence until 1819.
’s Rob Verger writes, “the policy was by no means greeted with unanimous support,” and a vigorous public debate played out, with opponents pointing to the blatant racism and violations of civil rights.
Two-thirds of the internees were American citizens.
With the new invention, 42 lines could be printed at once, dramatically reducing the labour and cost of creating books (which previously had been handwritten manuscripts).
This printing press was soon influential in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation and age of scientific Enlightenment.