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Saltmarket on a Saturday Night

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Saltmarket on a Saturday Night

"Saltmarket Street, Glasgow, On A Saturday Night", a song preserved in a scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 which is held at the Mitchell Library.

The song describes scenes on the Saltmarket on Saturday nights. Many of Glasgow's famous "singing saloons" were located in the wynds leading off this busy street. Although it had a "lively" night life, the areas was notorious for its slums, shebeens (illicit drinking dens) and brothels.

Reference: GC 398.5 GLA

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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