You’ve probably then got to jump to 1919 when, of course, you have the famous engineering strikes and you have the incidents in George Square where they bring in the tanks. Now Maclean originally doesn’t want that movement to take off then. He wants to build up support in miners and others and then launch it but, of course, once it happens anyhow he’s fully behind it. But when the tanks go in, that is marginalised. He’s looking across to Ireland and at the same time you’ve got the Limerick general strike against army occupation and they are able to force the army out and the situation after it is even more unstable. You get the further rise of Sinn Fein and I think this is where Maclean realises the significance of the national question and, of course, when he starts thinking about the national question in Ireland, that automatically links to the Highlands.

  • Allan Armstrong
Tuesday 25th May 2010