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


Telegram from Albert Inkpin to John Maclean on his release from prison, July 1917

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Telegram sent to John Maclean from Albert Inkpin and the executive committee of the British Socialist Party on Maclean's release from prison in July 1917.

John Maclean was arrested in February 1916 under the Defence of the Realm Act and was charged with six separate offences of sedition in relation to anti-conscription speeches he had made at open-air meetings throughout the Clydeside region during January and February 1916.

On 11 April Maclean was found guilty on four of the charges brought against him and was sentenced to three years penal servitude. This telegram relates to Maclean's release from prison in July 1917, on ticket of leave, having served 14 months and 22 days of his three-year sentence.

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