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

Key political figures of the Red Clydeside period

Guy Aldred

Guy Aldred was an anarchist and communist who believed that socialism was a fundamentally libertarian phenomenon. Although English by birth he moved to Glasgow in 1912 and established the Glasgow Anarchist Group. Politically, Aldred engaged in such diverse causes as that of Indian independence, the distribution of birth control literature, and anti-war and anti-conscription agitation during both world wars. At various points between 1910 and his death in 1963, Guy Aldred edited five Glasgow based anarchist periodicals.

image thumbnail Anarchist - Communist magazine entitled 'The Commune - An Organ of His Majesty's Communist Opposition' edited by Guy Aldred and published in May 1924.
Cover of booklet entitled 'Jail Jottings' by Richard Carlile, edited and compiled by Guy Aldred, famous Glasgow anarchist. image thumbnail
image thumbnail Portrait photograph of Guy Aldred taken during his first visit to Glasgow in 1912. Although English by birth, Aldred settled in Glasgow and set up the anarchist-communist publishers The Bakunin Press.
Photograph of Glasgow Anarchist Group meeting taken on 1 January 1915 in the Herald League Rooms in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. image thumbnail
image thumbnail Cover of booklet entitled 'Communism and religion' by Guy Aldred.
Leaflet entitled 'Concentration camps for the workers' published by The Workers Open Forum, 1926. image thumbnail