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, Farquhar 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.

Updated by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist) September 2018.




1 Workers’ City
1 Statements and Administrative papers
1 Demonstration Notice Read On Line
2 ‘Our Right to Reply’, paper detailing the criticism of Glasgow’s 1990 year of culture. Read on line.
3 Press Release for first Workers’ City night. Read on line
4 Proposed Conference: Glasgow – Policies for Cultural Development. Read On Line


A4 poster publicising Worker’s City and The Reckoning (2 copies).

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. Read on line.
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

The Famous Smudge Presents A Catty Christmas Greeting with Bells

A Mistur Crappy Card. Nae messin 1990 wis a crappy year

3 Glasgow Green
1 Flesher’s Haugh Redevelopment Survey. Read on line.
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; posters and flyers for events at the Scotia Bar and Clutha Vaults; The Stockwell Village, A Public Dialogue; poster for The Stockwell Village festival; poster and photocopy for a tribute to John MacLean at the Arches Theatre and printouts of photographs from Mayday, Glasgow Green 1990. Read on line.
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, May and November 1991, July 1992,  18, Read on line,  Images courtesy of Workers City.  20, Read on line,   PDF and other downloads.      


4 News cuttings Folder 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. Also

includes Socialist Worker No. 2431, 29 November 2014. Read on line



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. Read on line 


        Publications and pamphlets


At Glasgow Cross by Freddie Anderson.

Published by Fat Cat Publications. Limited Edition No. 528. Read on line.



Song sheets


Song of the Flea.

By Freddie Anderson. Read on line 

March 1976


Song Broadsheet… Glasgow Songs… Read On Line  



Born In Glasgow, Gallus Glasgow, I Was Born In Glasgow.

Published by Gallus Music. Various songs by various songwriters and singers including: Iain Mackintosh; Hamish Imlach; Ewan McVicar; Ian Davidson and Alan Tall. Read on line







Twenty colour photographs

Includes photographs of: models of the Scotia and Clutha Bars; Workers City poster; framed paintings and Brendan’s home. Read on line