The Sir Patrick Dollan Scrapbook Collection

A collection of scrapbooks from 1914-1942, containing articles by and about Sir Patrick Dollan.

About Sir Patrick Dollan

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Herbert Morrison, Minister of Home Security, discussing Air Raid Precautions with Sir Patrick Dollan, Lord Provost of Glasgow, c. 1941.

Sir Patrick Joseph Dollan (1885-1963) was born in Baillieston and started his working life in the Clydeside Colliery alongside his father. A talent for writing led him to journalism and in 1911 he joined Forward, a left-wing newspaper. The following year he was elected councillor for the Govan Central Ward.

In 1912 he married Agnes Moir, a suffragette and a staunch pacifist. Agnes joined the Independent Labour Party aged 18, in 1905. She met her future husband in the Clarion Scouts. She was one of the organisers of the Glasgow Rent strikes, and an active member of the Women’s Peace Crusade in Glasgow. She was the first female Labour Candidate to stand for election to Glasgow City Council, and held the position until 1928.

During World War I Dollan was a vociferous opponent of conscription and one of the most outspoken 'Red Clydesiders'.

In 1938 he was elected Lord Provost, the first person from an Irish Catholic background to hold this office. King George V conferred a knighthood on Dollan in the New Year's Honours of 1941 for his work as Lord Provost of Glasgow.

About the collection

The collection consists of nine volumes of scrapbooks that contain articles by and about Sir Patrick Dollan. The articles date from 1914 to 1942.

Finding aid

Sir Patrick Dollan Scrapbook Collection listing (PDF, 98KB)

Further reading

"Dollan, Sir Patrick Joseph" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

"Sir Patrick Dollan", from The Glasgow Story

"Patrick Dollan", Wikipedia

Gallagher, Tom (23 November 1985). "Left man in the right place". The Glasgow Herald. p. 9.

Corr, H and Knox, W, "Patrick Joseph Dollan", in Knox, William (ed). (1984). Scottish Labour Leaders, 1918-1939: a biographical dictionary. Edinburgh: Mainstream.

Corr, H, "Agnes Dollan" in Knox, William (ed). (1984). Scottish Labour Leaders, 1918-1939: a biographical dictionary. Edinburgh: Mainstream.

Dollan, Patrick Joseph. (1940). A Tale of Two Cities: Glasgow - New York. Glasgow.

Dollan, Patrick Joseph. Autobiography (unpublished typescript, Mitchell Library, Glasgow).

Gallagher, T, "Red Clydeside’s double anniversary", in Journal of the Scottish Labour History Society, 20 (1985), pp. 4-13.

Obituary, "Sir Patrick Dollan: public life in Glasgow and East Kilbride", Glasgow Herald, 31 January 1963, p. 6.

Smyth, J. J. (2000). Labour in Glasgow, 1896-1936: socialism, suffrage, sectarianism. (East Linton: Tuckwell Press).

Who Was Who, volume 6: 1961-1970. (1972). London: A. and C. Black.

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