This book is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend and comrade,
John Stewart Simpson, “Ian” to his friends. A victim
of Scotland’s heavy industry, he died aged 66 at Hairmyres
Hospital Lanarkshire, on Sunday 18th May 2003 from mesothelioma
(asbestos related lung cancer).
The information contained in these pages has been gleaned from
countless conversations, stories told, articles, pamphlets and books
read over more years than I care to remember. My thanks goes to
those friends, acquaintances and total strangers who over the years
passed on these stories. I have tried to list some of the books
that would deal much more fully with the subjects than these pages
were intended. A special thanks must go to Audrey Canning of the
Gallacher Memorial Library at Glasgow Caledonian University, without
whose expertise, pleasantly and willingly given, I would have disappeared
under a mountain of books and pamphlets never again to emerge into
the light of day. I must also thank the Glasgow Caledonian
University and the Mitchell Library Glasgow for the
use of their facilities.
These pages were never meant to be anything other than a summary
of some of the events and people that have helped to shape the Glasgow
of today: a glimpse at a history that is sometimes difficult to
find. My hope is that anyone who reads these few pages will be prompted
to dig a little bit deeper and discover a rich heritage of which
we can be very proud.
The Research Collections manager and all his team would like to thank John Couzin for the use of his text and for the patience he has shown during the production of this online edition of his book.
Joe Fodey (Special Collection Librarian, T: 0141 273 1203, E: J.Fodey@gcal.ac.uk)
and Philip Wallace (Research Collections Assistant, T: 0141 273
1186 E: T.Wallace@gcal.ac.uk) selected the images used in this work and, together with the Research Collections manager, proof read the text.
Anne Ward faced the huge task of merging the text and images to
produce a coherent and user friendly digital edition of Radical
Glasgow, which is at once faithful to the author’s intention
and yet enhances his original vision. A task, I think you will agree,
Particular thanks are due to Audrey Canning (T: 0141 273 1187)
for providing and allowing the use of a large number of images
from the Gallacher Memorial Library. Thanks should also go to the
owners of additional photographs used in this work. Individual acknowledgements
for these are to be found linked to the images concerned.
Every effort has been made to contact and acknowledge the copyright
holders of the images used but if we have missed any we will be
happy to rectify this at the first opportunity.