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


Jail Jottings, 1913

With an introductory account of Carlile's mock trials for blasphemy, and his speech from the dock

by Richard Carlile

image from Red Clydeside collection

Richard Carlile was a famous 19th-century advocate of political reform and a tireless campaigner for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He made his reputation in political circles as a publisher of radical newspapers such as 'Sherwin's Political Register', 'The Republican' and 'The Gauntlet'.

Carlile was a constant thorn in the side of the British political establishment and was sentenced to two long terms of imprisonment by the authorities for writing and publishing articles condemning the undemocratic nature of 18th-century British governance.

Richard Carlile is widely recognised as playing a crucial role in the development of a free press in Britain and remains an important figure in the history of working class emancipation.

Source: Guy Aldred Collection, Strathclyde University Special Collections