The Tontine Hotel, which stood at the corner of Buchanan Street and Cotton Street, was on the site of the Black Bull Hotel. The 1865 map shows the Black Bull Hotel on this site.
David Hunter (a coal miner) and his wife Agnes, nee Paterson, ran the "TONTEEN HOTEL" in "BELFRON"
David and Agnes had 2 sons: John and jim, and a daughter, Mary.
A tontine was a type of lottery in which the longest lived participant won the big prize. In this case he possibly bought the pub with it, but it could be it was held as a 'tontine'.