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On May 23 1975 after a 15-day trial, five men were convicted at the High Court in Glasgow, of plotting to help seize Scottish independence through the Army of the Provisional Government (APG). The press soon give these individuals the title "The Tartan Army" long before hordes of football fans invaded a football pitch in London. William Anderson was adjudged to be the major figure in the group which also included William Murray, Major Frederick Boothby, William Bell and Tony Tunilla who in total received jail sentences totalling 34 years. All but Bell were convicted of conspiring with intent to cause violence and injury to property. Two others, John Carlyle and Alastair Smith were aquitted although Smith had been cleared with any connection with the APG, was fined £75 for retaining Army manuals this was for contravening the Officials Secrets Act. The APG were also found guilty of a £8000 bank robbery in Springburn, Glasgow.

 

Over a period of four years several explosions occured in Scotland these were the Falkirk Radio Mast (Jan 1973), Dumfries Radio Mast (Dec 1972), Rockcliffe Power Pylon (Feb 1975), Bridge of Earn Oil Pipeline (Sept 1973), Kinfauns Oil Pipeline (Sept 1975), Crook of Devon Oil Pipeline (Sept 1975), Grangemouth Oil Pipeline (Jul 1974),  Cornhill Power Pylon (Feb 1975) these attacks happened after the Edinburgh Castle bomb blast in August 1971. As of this date no one has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack at Edinburgh Castle and later on in the year 1975 two men named Donald Currie and Gerard McGuigan were also jailed for alleged involvement in The Tartan Army. Currie was jailed for five years and McGuigan for one year.

 

It has to be noted that this didn't stop these bomb attacks, as on Sunday 21 September 1975 just after 10 O'clock in the evening a fertiliser bomb went off in the Clyde Tunnel in Glasgow. This just happened to coincide with a meeting that had just finished in the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow which was organised by the Scottish Republican Socialist Club (SRSC). The following statement was made to the Scottish Daily News via telephone "You can take it that the symbolism was not accidental. The bomb was timed to coincide with the break-up of the meeting" the caller further added "You could say that it was an indication that it's time people stopped talking and started acting." (The poster for this meeting can actually be found on our website here)

 

Here at the SRSM we have now located quite a few newspaper clippings in our archives relating to these events, and will start to make them available to be viewed, read and downloaded by all. Scotland's history is our history. If you search the web you will notice there is very little written about the The Army of the Provisional Government (APG) or The Tartan Army. As we in Scotland live in a country controlled by another (England) there is a blatant bias in the unionist press reporting of the time, and still is to the point it borders on the state of ridicule.

 

 

 

Tuesday 6 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Tuesday 6 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

THE BLUEPRINTS FOR TERROR - Special Branch man tells of bomb drawings

 

News report from the now defunct Scottish Daily News which was reporting on The "Tartan Army" Trial which was happening at Glasgow High Court. This report covers what the alleged APG men were being tried on and who they were. The accused were William Anderson, William Murray, Tony Tunilla, John Carlyle, William Bell, Alastair Smith, Major Frederick Boothby

 

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Tuesday 13 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Tuesday 13 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

HE SAID HE BLEW UP THE PIPELINE

 

Newspaper report focusing on the evidence that two woman named Jane Forsyth and Helen Polson gave at the High Court stating that one of the accused William Anderson admitted he had blown up a pipeline. Another person who gave evidence that day was Jeanette Carpenter who was a founder member of the Scottish Republican Socialist Club (SRSC) and was also formerly a member of the Workers' Party of Scotland (WPS).

 

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Tuesday 13 May 1975 Daily Record

 

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Tuesday 13 May 1975 Daily Record

 

DREAM WORLD OF THE TARTAN ARMY

 

Newspaper report from day 6 on the APG Trial from Glasgow High Court when a female by the name of Janette Carpenter gave evidence against the APG men. She further added that she formed the Scottish Republican Club with a man called Donald Anderson. The men in the dock were Alastair Smith, William Murray, Major Frederick Boothby, Tony Tunilla, William Anderson, William Bell and John Carlyle.

 

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Wednesday 14 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Wednesday 14 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

PASTOR GLASS AND THE UDA

 

Newspaper report focusing on the fact that Pastor Jack Glass was involved with the UDA along with some others from the Glasgow area. This information was read from a newsletter at the High Court in Glasgow.

 

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Wednesday 21 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Wednesday 21 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

I FEARED THE APG - Major

 

Newspaper report from the Scotish Daily News reporting on the fact that Major Frederick Boothby was giving evidence in his own defence. The major stated that he did not dissociate himself from the APG as not many hundreds of miles from here people are dealt with by shooting through the neck or behind the knees. Another notable person who appeared in court that day and gave a character reference for the major was non other than Doctor Christopher Grieve - the celebrated Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid.

 

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Wednesday 21 May 1975 Daily Record

 

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Wednesday 21 May 1975 Daily Record

 

JUDGE TELLS FORMER PC "YOU ARE FREE"

 

Newspaper report from the Daily Record on the APG "Tartan Army Trial" at Glasgow's High court. This article leads with the fact that John Carlyle was freed and all charges against him were dropped. John Carlyle was also a member of the Scottish Republican Socialist Clubs and was also the secretary at one point. The article further adds that Hugh MacDiarmid who was 83 at the time also spoke in the court.

 

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 Wednesday 21 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Wednesday 21 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

NO REGRETS, SAYS MAN FREED IN APG TRIAL (EXCLUSIVE)

 

This article was an exclusive for the Scottish Daily News as John Carlyle gave his side of the story to Ron McKay to what actually happened. John served two months in prison, lost his job and his only crime was being not guilty of anything.

 

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 Friday 23 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Friday 23 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

IDI AMIN'S EBONY ARMY OF HIGHLANDERS

 

Newspaper report from the Scottish Daily News reporting the fact that the defence QC Lionel Daiches claimed that the crowns case was being eroded as two more charges were dropped against the accused.

 

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 Saturday 24 May 1975 Glasgow Herald

 

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Saturday 24 May 1975 Glasgow Herald

 

FIVE TARTAN ARMY PLOTTERS ARE JAILED

 

Newspaper report from the Glasgow Herald showing a picture off three of the accused leaving court after being sentenced, William Anderson has his right arm in the air showing a defiant clenched fist. As with quite a few other newspapers, there is an attempt to ridicule the APG men.

 

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Saturday 24 May 1975 Glasgow Herald     

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Saturday 24 May 1975 Glasgow Herald

 

THE 'ARMY' PLOTTERS ....

 

This report has the papers editorial on the left hand side, it then proceeds to name the four main men. William Murray, Major Frederick Alexander Colquhoun Boothby, William Anderson and William Bell. The article looks at each of the persons role within the APG Army for the Provisional Government.

 

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Saturday 24 May 1975 Glasgow Herald     

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Saturday 24 May 1975 Glasgow Herald

 

...AND PLANS TO TAKE OVER SCOTLAND

 

This was a detailed newspaper report looking at the events of the past few weeks regading the trial of the APG men. It looked at the links they had with General Idi Amin and the lack of resources available to them, it further adds one of their main failings was the amount of written material that the police confiscated. Unfortunately, these documents became the main focus for the Crowns case.

 

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 Saturday 24 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

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Saturday 24 May 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

STING IN THE TAIL OF A PYTHON ARMY

 

Detailed newspaper report looking at the events of the Army of the Provisional Government (APG) Trials that had just taken place at the High Court in Glasgow. This report also shows a copy of prospective targets in Scotland, a letter from a Belgian arms manufacturer refusing to deal with APG. The front cover of this edition had the APG on the front page with the headline "WE'LL BE BACK". Unfortunately this newspaper clipping has been ripped and half off it is missing.

 

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Sunday 25 May 1975 The Sunday Express     

 

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Sunday 25 May 1975 The Sunday Express

 

THE SHAME THAT STALKS BESIDE MEN OF VIOLENCE

 

Newspaper report from The Sunday Express looking at the three week trial of the APG men and to look at the wider issues that the trial raised. As with another article, William Anderson is showing a defiant clenched fist in the photograph along with Tony Tunilla. There was a fear within establishment circles, that Scotland could be going down the same road as Ulster.

 

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Monday 22 September 1975 Scottish Daily News  

 

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Monday 22 September 1975 Scottish Daily News

 

TARTAN ARMY BLAST CLYDE TUNNEL

 

Front cover from the Scottish Daily News reporting the fact that a bomb had been set to go off at 2220 Hrs. A telephone warning had been received by the Scottish Daily News after a meeting had been held by the Scottish Republican Socialist Club (SRSC) in McLellan Galleries, Glasgow. The caller stated the following "You could say that it was an indication that it's time people stopped talking and started acting".

 

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 Monday 3 November 1975 Daily Mirror

 

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Monday 3 November 1975 Daily Mirror

 

FEAR OF TARTAN TIME-BOMB

 

Front cover from the Daily Mirror citing the fears the UK government had from North Sea Oil. The article looks at the threat Scottish extremists posed to the safety of the oil industry and the possibility that Scotland could become a new Ulster.

 

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