Scotland Demands Democracy March material

The archive has just been donated a few boxes of election materials. Amongst party political material we have found leaflets relating to Democracy for Scotland and the Scotland Demands Democracy march and summit.

Scotland Demands Democracy march leaflet, 1992

The march for Scottish democracy was attended by approximately 30,000 people on 12 December, 1992 to coincide with the European Summit held in Edinburgh.

Organisations, including the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), Scottish Churches, the Campaign for a Scottish Parliament, Scotland United, the National Union of Students, Common Cause and Democracy for Scotland, came together to organise the march and rally.

The march was chaired by the STUC and attended by cross-party politicians and activists including Acting Shadow Scottish Secretary Henry McLeish, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Jim Wallace, the Scottish National Party’s Alex Salmond, Isobel Lindsay from the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly, and writer William McIlvanney.

Can you tell us more about our Home Rule £1 note?

Home Rule for Scotland Pound Note, 1991
Home Rule pound note

We often get new items into the archive which are intriguing and this new £1 note is no exception. We are hoping that someone will be able to help us and tell us more about who was responsible for stamping notes like these and how many may have been in circulation.

The note itself was issued on 24th July 1991 and has been stamped with the words ‘Home Rule for Scotland’. If you remember these notes in the early 1990s and can tell us any information we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email

Please donate your European Election leaflets to the archive

We are once again collecting election leaflets.  If you receive any European Election leaflets through your door they will be gratefully received by the Scottish Political Archive.

SNP European Election leaflet, May 2019

Please send to

Scottish Political Archive

History and Politics

University Of Stirling



SNP Common Market leaflet, c.1969

We often receive new additions to the archive in the post. This leaflet arrived recently – it derives from around 1968 / 69 and discusses Scotland’s possible entry into the Common Market

No Voice.  No Entry.  SNP  Common Market leaflet.  c.1968
No Voice.  No Entry.  SNP  Common Market leaflet.  c.1968
No Voice.  No Entry.  SNP  Common Market leaflet.  c.1968

Bus Party postcard, 1997

William McIlvanney at the Bus Party, 1997 tour

William McIlvanney at the Bus Party, 1997 tour

Accession Number: SPA.BP.1997.

In 1997, William McIlvanney led a group of fellow artists on a bus tour round Scotland in the run up to the referendum on the Scottish Parliament. They were listening to local people’s views on the kind of Scotland they wanted to live in after the referendum, whether they were voting Yes or No.

In May 2014 the Bus Party Listening Lugs tour went from Stromness to Stirling visiting 16 venues asking “What kind of Scotland do we want?” Artists included James Robertson, Karine Polwart, Billy Kay, Hamish Moore, Neal Ascherson and David Francis among others.

The Bus Party collection relating to 1997 and 2014 is now held within the SPA archive.

SPA is visited by the Flying Archivist

We are delighted that this week SPA is hosting the ‘Flying Archivist’ Sophie Bossaert.  Sophie is from NISE, the Centre of expertise in National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the Archives & Research Centre of the Flemish Movement (ADVN).  In cooperation with EFA (European Free Alliance) they organise the project “Flying Archivist” which sends an archivist to help work in a political archive.  This week Sophie is working with SPA as part of this project undertaking cataloguing and digitization of our Scots Independent Collection.

1945 General Election leaflets

In the archive we quite often only collect material relating to the last 50 years.  However, recently we received through the post these leaflets which relate to the 1945 election in the Stirling and Clackmannan (Western) constituency.

The 1945  General Election was held on 5th July. The result was an unexpected landslide victory for Clement Attlee’s Labour Party, over Winston Churchill’s Conservatives. Labour won its first majority government, and a mandate to implement its postwar reforms.

In Stirling Labour’s Alfred Balfour held the seat for Labour with 54% of the vote against the Conservative candidate J C L Anderson.

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New addition to the archive

We are always keen to get new campaign material and picked this leaflet up at a Scottish Socialist Party campaign stall in October.

Scottish Socialist Party Living Wage leaflet, October 2018

Scottish March for Independence photographs

SPA photographers were out taking photos at the 2018 Edinburgh March for Independence earlier this month.  The march was held on Saturday 6th October 2018. Marchers met at Johnston Terrace and then marched down the Royal Mile before congregating at the Scottish Parliament and then Holyrood Park.
The march was organised by All Under One Banner. They are a Pro-Independence organisation whose core aim is to

“march at regular intervals until Scotland is Free. We will host public processions in support of Scotland regaining Independence. Marching as All Under One Banner, we are open to everyone who desires to live in an independent nation.”

Organisers estimated that more than 100,000 people took part in the march through the capital in what was hailed as the “biggest and boldest” demonstration for independence in Scotland’s history.

Edinburgh March for Independence, October 2018

As always if you have any photographs of political events please get in touch with us.

New photographs added to the archive

This photograph of 1970s campaigning has just been added to the collection.

SNP campaigning in Dundee West, 1974

It shows an SNP campaigner’s car in Dundee West, at either the February or October 1974 General Election.

Jim Fairlie stood as the SNP candidate for Dundee West in February 1974, October 1974 and 1979. In 1979, he became Vice Chairman for Policy. From 1981 to 1984 he was Deputy Leader and Senior Vice Chairman of the party. He stood unsuccessfully in Dunfermline West at the 1983 general election and Perth and Kinross in 1987. He resigned from the SNP in 1990 over their ‘Independence in Europe’ policy.

We always welcome photographs of political campaigning.  If you have any photographs please email