Gay Glasgow – A Personal Journey

I was recently interviewed by Christina O’Neill for Glasgow Live about my research into the city’s gay past. It was enjoyable to talk about my research and to add some layers to popular understandings of the city’s LGBT history, and to introduce Glasgow’s gay peaky blinders, the Whitehats. Pretty often, academic research is shepherded beind…

William Merrilees and the Gay Love Letters of Interwar Edinburgh

William Merrilees, the late former Chief Constable of Lothian and Peebles, undertook a ‘war against homosexuality’ in Edinburgh during the interwar period. Single-handedly, or at least that’s how Merrilees’ reminiscences seem to suggest, he embarked on a ruthless attempt to put away as many homosexuals as his workload allowed. In his autobiography The Short Arm…