Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Poster commemorating centenary of the birth of John Maclean, 1979

published by Third Eye Centre

image from Red Clydeside collection

Poster commemorating the centenary of the birth of Scottish revolutionary John Maclean who was born in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, in 1879 and who died aged 44 in 1923.

The poster depicts a montage of various highlights in Maclean's political life including the events of Bloody Friday, his trial for sedition in Edinburgh in 1916, and pictured with fellow members of the Tramp Trust Unlimited in 1922.

The poster also features the inscription which appears on the commemorative cairn erected in memory of Maclean in his birthplace of Pollokshaws in 1973. This reads "He forged the Scottish link in the golden chain of world Socialism'.

Source: Gallacher Memorial Library, Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives