Daily Archives: July 9, 2014

Robert Gillespie Reid ~ Bridge and Railway Builder

A Scottish financier and bridge builder who was born in c1840 in Coupar Angus, Robert Gillespie Reid trained as a bridge builder with his uncle and then set up his own business. After some travel, Australia (1865) he settled in Montreal in 1871. There he built the International Bridge across the Niagara […]

Robert Cunninghame-Graham ~ Politician, Writer, and Founder of the Scottish Labour Party

Robert Cunninghame-Graham (1852-1936) – Born in London, Don Roberto, as he was known, was a Liberal MP and prolific writer and a founder with Keir Hardie of the Scottish Labour Party. He is buried at Inchmahome (NN 574005) in Perthshire. Robert Bontine, the son of Major William Bontine of the […]

John Maclean ~ Revolutionary & Educator

John Maclean, Clydeside socialist, democrat, educator and trade unionist served six terms of imprisonment between 1916 and 1923 for the offences of sedition and incitement to strike. These convictions all related to his efforts to oppose the First World War and to organise the labour movement on the Clyde. His […]