In 1825, the transport system from Lennoxtown to Glasgow was a 'noddy' which left Lennoxtown every Wednesday morning and returned in the evening. Wednesday was market day in Glasgow.
The service was considered inadequate for the village and surrounding districts, so a meeting was called and all interested parties assembled in the hall in Roberson's Arms Inn (Commercial), on September 20th 1825.
Those present agreed to set up a new company to establish a stage coach run between Campsie and Glasgow 3 times a week, or more often as circumstances dictated. The new company was called 'The Glazert Coach Company.' The number of subscribers to the new enterprise had to be limited to 60 - all of whom must be resident in the parish. The amount of each subscription was set at £5, and no member could hold more than one share.
It was agreed that a committee of directors would manage the business, and they would have the assistance of a special committee in the first instance, to buy the horse and coach, but they were to provide 'provender, ' and maintain the coach in a good state of repair, appoint the driver and pay tolls. Contracts were drawn up for supplying litter and shoeing the horses, and a driver was hired at 16s per week.
Return fares were 3s 6d (inside the coach), and 2s 6d outside; single journey, 2s inside, and 1s 6d outside. To Kirkintilloch, the fare was 9d inside and 6d outside.
The company was not a financial success, and on April 25th 1831, the proprietors resolved to take offers for the coach, horses, harness etc., The offer of £106 from John Grey of Tontine (afterwards Lennox Arms Hotel, later Green Parrot) was accepted. The Tontine then became the principle Inn. [after the opening of the new church in 1828.]
Interior of Commercial Inn c1940
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