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In the tracks of British justice: The trial and execution of Dennis Doolan and Patrick Redding, Irish labourers on the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line, 1841

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The research for this essay was undertaken in the summer of 1990 while I was working as a writer-in-residence at Milton Unemployed Workers' Centre in Glasgow. I presented my findings in the form of a short paper at the Critical Legal Studies Conference at Glasgow University in September 1991. The companion piece to this academic presentation is a play entitledGallowglass, first performed at Mayfest 1991, and subsequently staged at the Strathclyde Irish Festival in the Gorbals the following month. My chief sources for the story were two brief pamphlets deposited in the Glasgow room of the Mitchell Library —The Trial of Dennis Doolan and Patrick Redding andA Description of the Execution of Dennis Doolan and Patrick Redding — together with all of the reports concerning the case published in The Glasgow Herald between December 11, 1840, and May 17, 1841. I would like to thank Alison Young, Peter Rush, Tony Carty, and Peter Goodrich for comments and consideration.

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Maley, W. In the tracks of British justice: The trial and execution of Dennis Doolan and Patrick Redding, Irish labourers on the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line, 1841. Law Critique 3, 211–217 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01128495

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  • Political Philosophy
  • Railway Line
  • Irish Labourer
  • British Justice