Urban Radicalism - 1850-1900
The Third Reform Act (1884/5) gave the vote to most adult male heads
of households throughout Scotland.
- Until this time, the various strands of urban radicalism remained
- Differences then began to emerge between Liberals and Socialists causing
the radical tradition to splinter.
- After 1886, Liberal radical unity was divided over the Irish Home
The Scottish Reform League
This movement wanted more people to be eligible to vote. The Scottish
- Was founded in 1867, and revived radicalism in Aberdeen
- Had its aims partly met by the 1868 Second Reform Act. This Act enfranchised
many working class householders.
The Aberdeen Trades Council
The Aberdeen Trades Council was established in 1868 to represent working
- In 1877 it was invited to send representatives to the radical-dominated
Aberdeen Liberal Association
- In August 1884 the Trades’ Council played a major part in the
largest politicaldemonstration since 1832. This demonstration
was in favour of the people in the counties having the same voting rights
as people in the burghs
- The Trades’ Council took part in a demonstration in 1886 with
the Junior Liberal and Radical Associations in support of Irish and Scottish
Home Rule (devolution).