Brendan McLaughlin Collection.

Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/28


Brendan McLaughlin Collection

Dates of Creation



1 box

Name of Creators

Brendan McLaughlin


Level of Description



Administrative History

Brendan McLaughlin is a local folk singer and political activist, who previously

owned and ran the Scotia Bar and The Clutha Vaults public houses which became two of Glasgow’s most notable music, literary and political venues. McLaughlin formed the group Worker’s City with James Kelman, Farquar McLay , Hugh Savage and others in 1990. Workers City was a protest against Glasgow’s year as European City of Culture, which the group saw as ignoring the real Glasgow, the worker’s city. The group campaigned against what they saw as the unfair treatment of the People’s Palace curator, Elspeth King; the public money spent on the year of culture and Glasgow Council plans to sell off one third of Glasgow Green for redevelopment.


Scope and Content

Collection contains papers; leaflets; statements from organisations such as Worker’s City and Glasgow for People; serials; news cuttings and ephemera.


System of Arrangement

Items have been arranged according to subject and record type. Original order has been maintained where possible.


Custodial History

Material collected by Brendan McLaughlin.


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Brendan McLaughlin.


Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.



Further accruals expected.


Access Conditions



Copyright Reproduction

Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.


Existence of Copies

No known copies.


Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.


Publication Note

No known publications.


Related collections

Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.


Date(s) of Description

Complied by Nicola Maksymuik (Project Archivist). June 2014.



1 Workers’ City
1 Statements and Administrative papers
1 Demonstration Notice 1990
2 ‘Our Right to Reply’, paper detailing the criticism of Glasgow’s 1990 year of culture. 1990
3 Press Release for first Workers’ City night. 1990
4 Proposed Conference: Glasgow – Policies for Cultural Development. 1990
2 Elspeth King Defence Committee
1 An Appeal on Behalf of a Friend Unfairly Treated, a pamphlet on the Elspeth King debate by Alasdair Gray. 1990
2 Press Release for talk by Terry McCarthy, Director of the National Museum of Labour History. 1975-1988. 1990
3 Flyer for Terry McCarthy talk 1990
4 Notice of picket outside City Chambers in support of Michael Donnelly (Elspeth King’s assistant). 1990
3 Glasgow Green
1 Flesher’s Haugh Redevelopment Survey. 1990
2 Glasgow Green Fact Sheet n.d
3 Save Glasgow Green, Public Meeting Flyer. 1990
4 Glasgow Green the Peoples Common Green. n.d
5 Glasgow for People, Summer 1990, Newsletter. 1990
2 Miscellaneous papers
Folder of papers relating to various issues and interest’s of Brendan McLaughlin including a flyer for the launch of his album, Independence; leaflets by the groups Glasgow for People and Clydeside Action on Asbestos and material relating to Sound House Theatre. c1990-2014
3 Serials
1 Art Work No.44 1990
2 Glasgow Keelie Nos 2, Read on line, 3, Read on line, 4, Read on line, 5, Read on line, 6, Read on line, 18, Read on line,  Images courtesy of Workers City.  20, Read on line,   PDF and other downloads.
4 News cuttingsFolder of news cutting relating to various issues including Elspeth King; the poll tax; Glasgow’s year of culture and Glasgow Green. From the Herald; the Glaswegian and Scotland on Sunday. 1990-1991
5 Ephemera5 CD’s: The Lucky Ones; Independence and See me I’m Always Dreaming by Brendan McLaughlin, Living with the Legend:The Scotia Bar Live Album and The Kingston Bridge Trio. 1991-2014