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 Firinn Albannach No.1 March 1982. Siol nan Gaidheal publication

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No.1, March 1982

 

Siol nan Gaidheal was founded in 1978 as an Ultra-Nationalist reaction to the frustrations of the great devolution debate. The founder of this Siol nan Gaidheal, Tom Moore, had returned to Scotland after 12 years in New York, and had been disappointed after finding what he claimed to be "the Scottish Spirit sadly lacking and the SNP mealy-mouthed". He wanted an organisation whose aim was to inspire nationalism without inhibition or restraint. He believed Scots should be conscious, proud and unashamed of their own identity. This new organisation, founded within the SNP, was to challenge what they believed to be the moribund devolutionist leadership of the SNP and build up the morale of rank and file nationalists shattered after the defeats of 1979 when Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Government won power at Westminster, and rejected any notion of Scottish Home Rule.

 

The aim of the movement was to inject spirit, emotion and good fun back into the demoralised Nationalist movement. It encompassed a Colour Party of black shirts and kilts, as well as the pipes, drums, flags and the black Saltire banner.

 

Militant nationalism was on the march: Left-wing radicals in the SNP set up the Republican Socialist 79 Group whose influence enabled Jim Sillars, the ex-Scottish Labour Party leader to join the National Party. Sillars brought with him the old Scottish Labour Party policy of Independence in Europe which provided a new platform for the devolutionist tendency within the Party. Even the old 1320 Club joined in and merged with Siol nan Gaidheal.

 

At the stormy 1982 Ayr Conference, the Scottish National Party, under the leadership of Gordon Wilson, split and threw out Siol nan Gaidheal, concerned at the negative image being projected by them. There had been reports of rowdy and aggressive behaviour towards SNP stewards at marches, as well as the wearing of paramilitary uniforms, secret drills and access to firearms. SnG became a proscribed organisation to the SNP, tired of factionalism within the party. This status has remained in force to the present day. Prominent radical nationalists including the future SNP leader Alex Salmond were also expelled from the party for membership of the '79 Group'.

 

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This edition of Firinn Albannach which was the first of seven, and all are available to be viewed here on this page at the SRSM led with the front headline Only Independence Will See The End of Mass Unemployment in Scotland, other articles include Our Aim Is Independence, S.n.G. In Action, Portrait of a Patriot: Wendy Wood, Scottish Grand Committee, Hillhead Character. There is also newspaper clipping, Political Quiz, and a poem titled The Sleeping Jacobite.

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 Firinn Albannach Issue 2, June 1982. Siol nan Gaidheal publication

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No.2, June 1982

 

This edition led with the main headline Nuclear Scotland? Nae Chance! Other articles include Editorial, Nationalist Weekly NOW, Scotland more Nuclear weapons per head than U.S.A. or U.S.S.R., S.n.G. in Action which includes Inverclyde Comunn, Warrant Sales Campaign, Falkirk Comunn, Glasgow Comunn. Portrait of a Patriot: John MacLean, Quisling of the Month, Letters, A Scots Quiz, along with a poem titled  On The Field Of Bannockburn, Correspondence and book reviews.

                                             

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Firinn Albannach No.3 September 1982. Siol nan Gaidheal publication 

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No.3, September 1982

 

Additional information - This publication was put together mainly from members from the SRSC. The Scottish Republican Socialist Clubs. This issue centered around the "Siege of Quarry Street" which was the local police station after six members were arrested during the course of Wallace day. Other articles the disruption to Berwick after members protested against 500 years of English rule, unfortunately a few members were arrested and released at 0300hrs. Portrait of a Patriot featured on Thomas Muir and a review of the Falkirk Rally.

 

This edition of Firinn Albannach can be read here. Please note you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to read it.

 

                                              

 

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Firinn Albannach Issue 4 December 1982 Siol nan Gaidheal publication 

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No.4, December 1982

 

This edition with the main headline Scotland The………?, Other articles include Welsh Report No.1, Correspondence, Scottish Socialist Society which features an Inside and Outside view. S.n.G. in Action features the Stirling Brig 1982 Rally, An Ard Fheis, Training For Freedom, Portrait of a Patriot: Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish Independence Covenant Association, British Justice?, Sir William Wallace, Letters, Welsh Report No.2, The Big Prize Competition, The Back Page. There is also a good picture of the Siol nan Gaidheal Drum Corps which hailed from Drumchapel, Glasgow.

                                           

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 Firinn Albannach Issue 5, Spring 1983. Siol nan Gaidheal publication

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No. 5, Spring 1983 

 

This Issue centered around Matt Lygate who was a political prisoner at the time. Other featured articles were Portrait of a Patriot: Andrew Fletcher. Welsh Report, a review on the Cilmeri Rally, Saturday 12 December 1982. There’s also an editorial relating to police harassment and a letter from Arm Nan Gaidheal.

 

These publications are well worth a read if they can be sourced and give a clear insight to the struggle for Scottish Independence at the time. This edition of Firinn Albannach can be read here. Please note you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to read it.

 

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 Firinn Albannach Issue 6, Summer 1983. Siol nan Gaidheal publication

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No. 6, Summer 1983

 

This edition led with the main headline The Bitch Is Back! 5 Years Hard Labour? Election 83, Opinion, Drum Corp Disbands, David Dinsmore Political Prisoner, Civil Defence or Mass Murder…..?, Letters, British Justice Lingers on…And On, Classifieds and The Back Page.

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Firinn Albannach Issue 7, Autumn 1983. Siol nan Gaidheal publication

Publication from Siol Nan Gaidheal, Issue No. 7, Autumn 1983

 

This edition led with the headline Saltire FLIES Over Stirling, S.N.P. Annual Conference,Opinion, Our Language, S.n.G. in Action: “Siol” March at Elderslie Despite Ban, Berwick is Scottish, Fly The Flag, Wallace 84, Three Men Arrested, Patriotism Lives On, Quisling Of The Month: Lord Gray of Ross, Letters, Classifieds, The Back Page which feature the crossword.

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