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Black Bull Hotel

An Inn in Argyle Street, Glasgow, from which a 'fly on steel springs' left at eight o'clock in the morning, three times a week for Edinburgh, where it arrived the same evening. This hotel, which had 32 bedrooms, was built for the Highland Society in 1758. It closed down in 1849, and part of it became incorporated in a warehouse. A plaque on the front wall of the building registered the fact that 'Robert Burns lodged here when this building was the Black Bull Inn. He visited Glasgow, June 1787, February and March 1788.' In 1958 the warehouse was demolished. The plaque was removed, to be affixed to the next building to go up on the site. Burns met his brother William at the Black Bull as well as his friend Richard Brown.

The word 'Inn' caused some confusion, for there was an old Black Bull Inn on the other side of the road. Its landlord became the first landlord of the new hotel. In Burns's day, the landlord was one George Durie.

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