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The John MacLean Society held it's inaugural meeting on Sunday 31st March 1968 in the Grand Hotel, Glasgow. The proposal was "That this meeting endorse the formation of a society to be called 'The John MacLean Society' and that this society will have as it's aims, the following - To commemorate the dedicated life of John MacLean and his outstanding and sacrificial efforts to encencipitate the working class of Scotland and the world; and to do so by encouraging and assisting research into the lifes and works by John MacLean, including his writings, lectures, speeches, and all related matters, and apply them to the circumstances of to-day. To assist in the publication, propagation and the dissemination of his works, especially amongst the people of Scotland. Matthew Lygate.


Speakers at this meeting included Hugh MacDiarmid, Nan Milton, Morris Blythman, Harry McShane, The Very Reverend Lord MacLeod of Funary and George Leslie. Since the formation of The John MacLean Society, many leaflets, posters, letters were written on behalf of the society. We shall in time, start to make these available online for all to view and read,and more importantly, to keep the name John MacLean in the public fold.

The Society initiated the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly, holding large meetings in venues like the Usher Hall in Edinburgh with great cross party support, including the Churches. No prizes for guessing which Party and their "left" support groups were the most London centralised party of all. The Society managed to get the late James Jack of the STUC to organise the beaurcracy behind the campaign, James Jack was strong on education and lent his support.

 

 

                                                              

                                                              

 

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The John MacLean Society (original flyer 1968)

 

This is the original flyer which started it all way back in 1968 showing who was going to speak and who the sponsoring the event. The proposal was drafted by Mathew Lygate of the Workers' Party of Scotland (WPS).

 

This is a very rare item and wouldn't look out of place in any collection in a museum.

 

 

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John MacLean Society Public Subscription Leaflet 1972/73

 

These leaflets were distributed in 1972/73 to raise public funds for the erecting of the John MacLean Memorial Cairn, that was then situated in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, 1973.

 

A picture from that day can be found on our gallery here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John MacLean Society Public Subscription Leaflet 1972/73

 

These leaflets were distributed in 1972/73 to raise public funds for the erecting of the John MacLean Memorial Cairn,that was then situated in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, 1973.

 

A picture from that day can be found on our gallery here

 

 

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John MacLean Society Centenary Year Leaflet

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of John MacLean, the society had Nan Milton's book on MacLean republished in 1979. This leaflet was to order your copy in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John MacLean Society Leaflet, Regarding the late Matt McGinn

 

Matt McGinn was born in Glasgow and was a life long socialist, song writer, working class poet whose hero was John MacLean. On Sunday 1st May 1977, at the request of Matt's family, Matt McGinn's ashes were scattered on the grave of John MacLean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nan Milton Letter 1973

 

This is a letter written by Nan Milton 6th May 1973 to another society member stating that Willie McDougall had a supply of the leaflet "I Accuse". If poor Willie couldn't carry them he was to contact Morris Blythman or Harry McShane.