James Barbour ~ Communist Councillor

On 23 May 1959 the Perthshire Advertiser included a death notice for James Barbour (66) 26 Victoria Street ex-Bailie; former milkman death (20.5.1959); husband of Christina Barbour. and the following obituary: ‘Ex-Baillie James Barbour, 26 Victoria Street, who was the only Communist ever elected to Perth Town Council died on […]

Hugh MacDiarmid ~ Poet and Political Activist

Hugh MacDiarmid ~ poet and political activist (Scottish nationalist and communist) – was born Christopher Murray Grieve, in the Scottish Borders town of Langholm in 1892. His father was a postman and the family lived above the town library, so, from childhood, Grieve (or MacDiarmid as he became known from […]

Helen Crawfurd ~ Political Activist, Suffragette and Red Cydesider

Helen Crawfurd (1877-1954) was born Helen Jack on 9 September 1877. Her family moved to Ipswich when she was quite young and it was in England that she was educated. At the age of 17 Helen Crawfurd returned to Glasgow with her family. Coming from an intensely religious family (her […]