The Goat, Partick

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The Goat, Partick

Postby The Voyageur » Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:06 am

Hi all,

I've searched for this and found nothing, so many apologies if i'm repeating what someone else has asked previously.

I was browsing the Glasgow West End site the other night, when i stumbled across the following interesting passage:

The Goat

This area is the heart of the old pre-industrial village of Partick, and Keith Street used to be known as The Goat. The goat in question was not four footed, but an old Scots name for a small burn, one of which ran here. At the north end of The Goat was The Heid o' the Goat, a place where acrobats, quack doctors and religious and political agitators held court. A nineteenth century Partick poet Tom Burns describes the scene,

Though its richt name's in print on a prominent spot
The ane its best kent by is the heid o the Goat
There tradesmen o every class you will find
In guid Doric language expressing their mind


The old cottage buildings here were only demolished in the 1930s, and the Heid o the Goat is now the Comet car park.



Source: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/out/partickstory.php
Author: Ian R. Mitchell

A small burn?!? Interesting... :)

Anyone know any more info on it? Interesting that there is a pub along the road on Argyll street, called 'The Goat'.

I reckon the burn must have started round about here but as to where it ended up, who knows... :?

I'm only presuming, but it must have flowed into the Kelvin at some point? I'm sure its all been piped and built over now, but is there a visible outflow pipe somewhere nearby? Anyone got any dowsing rods and a free afternoon...
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Re: The Goat, Partick

Postby duncan » Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:44 am

The Voyageur wrote:There tradesmen o every class you will find
In guid Doric language expressing their mind


why would they speak Doric, were they from Aberdeen?
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Re: The Goat, Partick

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:06 am

duncan wrote:
The Voyageur wrote:There tradesmen o every class you will find
In guid Doric language expressing their mind


why would they speak Doric, were they from Aberdeen?


They'd need it to converse with the goats.
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Re: The Goat, Partick

Postby Schiehallion » Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:01 am

Dexter St. Clair wrote:
duncan wrote:
The Voyageur wrote:There tradesmen o every class you will find
In guid Doric language expressing their mind


why would they speak Doric, were they from Aberdeen?


They'd need it to converse with the goats.


Listen min, fa's the only language they've goat.
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Postby Sharon » Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:27 am

Worth pointing out that what was formerly Murphys Pakora Bar ...and other stuff ... is now a pub called The Goat and offers and excellent range of quality bar food at a reasonable price. Kinda at the end of Old Dumbarton Rd.

It also has the tale of why its called teh goat in the pub. Which is probaly the same as whats quoted above. Although I kinda assumed that where the pub was would have been the area...

Molly, you got more info????
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Postby Molendinar » Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:18 am

I think the wee story in the goat indicates a site a good bit along dumbarton road past partick cross
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Re: The Goat, Partick

Postby The Voyageur » Fri Jun 17, 2005 4:36 pm

duncan wrote:
The Voyageur wrote:There tradesmen o every class you will find
In guid Doric language expressing their mind


why would they speak Doric, were they from Aberdeen?


Presumably, this area was where the influx of Aberdonians came to to live during that era to seek their fame and riches. Close by to the river might have been handy for the shipbuilders etc

I guess you could relate it to other European cities which have Jewish Quaters, French Quaters and Particks Gaelic Quater.
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Postby engineer » Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:24 pm

Sharon wrote:Worth pointing out that what was formerly Murphys Pakora Bar ...and other stuff ... is now a pub called The Goat and offers and excellent range of quality bar food at a reasonable price. Kinda at the end of Old Dumbarton Rd.


best chips ive ever had in a pub
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Postby aliferste » Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:52 am

There are some pretty impressive pipes and such like all along the banks of the Kelvin. Next time I am down at the Partick end I will have a gander and see if I can see a Burn like outflow!
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Postby jim » Sat Jul 02, 2005 2:06 pm

My girlfriend DJ's there on Sunday nights (the pub not the stream) and there is live acoustic music too! Its a decent pub.
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Re: The Goat, Partick

Postby stinkpad » Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:04 pm

The Voyageur wrote:I reckon the burn must have started round about here but as to where it ended up, who knows... :?

I'm only presuming, but it must have flowed into the Kelvin at some point? I'm sure its all been piped and built over now, but is there a visible outflow pipe somewhere nearby? Anyone got any dowsing rods and a free afternoon...


I took a walk down Benalder St yesterday evening. If you stand on the upstream side of the bridge and look at the north bank there's a pipe there that looks suspiciously like the outflow of a wee burn. I'll take a photo if someone doesn't beat me to it first. :D
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Postby Timchilli » Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:05 am

The Goat is the area now known as Keith Street (down from Comet on Dumbarton Road). I'll take some photos this afternoon.


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Postby retired tiger » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:00 pm

There's a large pipe where water flows at a fair rate into the Kelvin just above the bridge at Benalder Street. Could this be it?
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Postby stinkpad » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:08 pm

retired tiger wrote:There's a large pipe where water flows at a fair rate into the Kelvin just above the bridge at Benalder Street. Could this be it?


Yeah, that's what I said.
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