Scottish Working People's History Trust

Ian MacDougall

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Trust's Senior Research Worker, Dr Ian MacDougall on 11th April 2020. There are full obituaries to Ian from The Scotsman and Herald and we will shortly be publishing our own memories of Ian in the Trust's Newsletter. The Trust will also be paying tribute to Ian through the publication of more of his oral history research, with regular updates on this work posted here. 

30 Years of SWPHT and 60 Years of the Scottish Labour History Society(SLHS)

Plans are taking shape for a joint virtual anniversary celebration for SWPHT and the Scottish Labour History Society, facilitated by the National Library of Scotland.

The event, scheduled for Tuesday 30 November 2021, will mark the 60th anniversary of SLHS and the 30th anniversary of SWPHT. Full details will be added to the website as soon as they are available.

Preparations are also being made for the first Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture, to take place on Thursday 7th April 2022. This will be held at the National Library of Scotland along with a live online link.

Thank you to the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland

At this particularly sad time we are very pleased to announce that thanks to the support of branches and members of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland, Ian MacDougall's research on French Onion Johnnies will be published digitally. The Society has given us a grant sufficient to cover the editing of Ian's interview transcripts for online publication. The grant will also provide for a copy to be lodged with La Maison des Johnnies in Roscoff, Britanny.

  • Oh! Ye had to be careful

    Oh! Ye had to be careful

    Oh! Ye had to be careful (Tuckwell Press, 2000) is the edited recollections of eleven veteran workers employed between the Read More
  • Bondagers


    Bondagers (Tuckwell Press, 2001) presented the recollections of eight women who had worked as bondagers on the farms of south-east Read More
  • Voices of Leith Dockers

    Voices of Leith Dockers

    Voices of Leith Dockers: Personal Recollections of Working Lives was published for the Trust by Mercat Press in 2001. It Read More
  • Onion Johnnies

    Onion Johnnies

    Onion Johnnies (Tuckwell Press, 2002) contains the recollections of nine French Onion Johnnies (one of them a woman) who worked Read More
  • Miners' Association Minutes 1894-1918

    Miners' Association Minutes 1894-1918

    Mid and East Lothian Miners' Association Minutes, 1894-1918 were published by the Trust in 2004 in association with the Scottish Read More
  • Through the Mill

    Through the Mill

    Through the Mill: personal recollections by veteran men and women papermill workers in Penicuik and Auchendinny. Compiled and edited by Read More
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