Window to the Past: The Red Lion Inn

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This old tavern was once often used by stagecoaches travelling through the area of Mearnskirk.

Situated on the Glasgow-Kilmarnock Road (now Old Mearns Road), the Inn was eventually pulled down in 1935.

The site of the hostelry was located in what is now Kirkview Crescent.

The earliest recording of a Red Lion in the area as far back as 1724 when a fight broke out between royalists of different stripes.

A John Barry, of Cumbernauld, raised a toast to King James VIII. He was set upon by one Robert Clark, from Kirkwell, who, it is said, ‘did assault him, striking and wounding him to the effusion of blood, and all out of loyalty to King George’.