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


John Maclean's casket being removed from his Pollokshaws home, Nov 1923

image from Red Clydeside collection

Photograph of John Maclean's casket being removed from his home in Pollokshaws on the day of his funeral. John Maclean died on 30 November 1923 at his home in Pollokshaws aged 44, his health ruined by a mixture of his constant political activity, five terms of imprisonment and his period on hunger strike.

John Maclean's funeral march, led by the Clyde Workers' Band, was followed by 10,000 people on its way through the south side of the city to Maclean's burial in Eastwood cemetery.

Maclean's funeral procession was filmed and later shown in cinemas throughout the Clydeside area. The film of Maclean's funeral has not been seen since the 1930s and its present whereabouts is unknown.

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