McShane, Harry

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McShane, Harry Gender: M
born on 7 May 1891 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°42' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 07°42 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 17°18'


Scottish socialist, and a close colleague of John Maclean. Born into a Roman Catholic family, he became a Marxist. Involved in the Clyde Workers Committee and the anti-war movement during the First World War, after the conflict ended he was part of the Tramp Trust Unlimited, formed by Maclean to propagandise and campaign for a minimum wage and a six-hour day, amongst other socialist policies.

He was a member of the British Socialist Party, like Maclean, but chose to join the Communist Party of Great Britain when it was formed in 1920 rather than follow Maclean into the Scottish Workers Republican Party.

While not involved as a full-time organiser, McShane worked as an engineer, and continued to do engineering work until he retired at 69.

His biography, No Mean Fighter, published in 1978, is based on transcriptions of tape recordings made at the suggestion of Paul Foot.

On 21 December 1984, he was awarded the freedom of the City of Glasgow for his services to the Labour and Trade Union movements. McShane died on 12 April 1988.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Maclean, John (born 24 August 1879). Notes: Colleague


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1978 (Autobiography, "No Mean Fighter")

Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes birth record


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 96)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Socialist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("No Mean Fighter")