Gallus Mag

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Gallus Mag
Born ?
England, United Kingdom
Died ?
Residence Water Street, Manhattan, New York City
Nationality British American
Occupation bar bouncer
Known for Being 6-foot-tall plus female bouncer at a 19th century New York City Water Street bar called "The Hole in the Wall", who figures prominently in New York City folklore.

Gallus Mag (real name unknown) was a 6-foot-tall plus female bouncer at a 19th century New York City Water Street bar called "The Hole in the Wall", who figures prominently in New York City folklore. The name "Gallus"[1] originated from the unladylike men's suspenders she was fond of wearing, and Mag or Meg was likely her forename.[2]

Bar bouncer[edit]

Herbert Asbury's book The Gangs of New York thus described her:

"It was her custom, after she'd felled an obstreperous customer with her club, to clutch his ear between her teeth and so drag him to the door, amid the frenzied cheers of the onlookers. If her victim protested she bit his ear off, and having cast the fellow into the street she carefully deposited the detached member in a jar of alcohol behind the bar…. She was one of the most feared denizens on the waterfront and the police of the period shudderingly described her as the most savage female they'd ever encountered."[3]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "gallus". Wiktionary. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  2. ^ Profile, Nytimes.com; accessed December 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928; ISBN 978-1-56025-275-7
  4. ^ "River Thieves". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 1874-01-20. Retrieved 2017-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Will the Real Gallus Mag, or Meg, Stand Up? No Biting, Please - Old Salt BlogOld Salt Blog". Oldsaltblog.com. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2016-12-25. 
  6. ^ Estep, Maggie (2001-03-01). "The Gangs of New York". New York Press. Archived from the original on 2004-01-07. Retrieved 2016-12-25.