Buggery, Body Snatchers and Bewitchings

Throughout early modern and modern history homosexual acts have been the focus of condemnation, religious outrage, penal sanctions and considerable suspicion. In the 16th century further connections between the act and sinister superstition were made, contradicting earlier works which suggested that even demons drew the line at buggery. The new narrative claimed that witches, in…

Legal Records Reveal Industrial Glasgow’s Queer Secrets

About 5 years ago I was fortunate to offer some information for Our Story Scotland’s exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum on industrial Glasgow’s hidden queer population, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was based on analysing High Court records for cases involving sodomy and gross indecency. The narrative can be found at Our…

Govan’s Diversity

Multiculturalism has taken something of a bashing in recent years and is often framed as a distinctly recent development, usually as some form of political ‘project’.  But, of course, it isn’t that recent, nor is it so devious. Britain has a long history of immigration whether by force or consent. Glasgow is undoubtedly Scotland’s immigrant…

Langside Hall: A Concise History

By the midpoint of the 19th century successful businesses wished to build offices that reflected their optimism, growing wealth and confidence, especially at a time when Glasgow was cementing its position as the second city of the Empire. One such organisation, which emerged during the early part of the century was The National Bank of…