- Category : 1879-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sleeping Phoenix 3
Scottish schoolteacher and revolutionary socialist of the Red Clydeside era, notable for his outspoken opposition to the First World War, which caused his arrest under the Defence of the Realm Act and loss of his teaching post, after which he became a full-time Marxist lecturer and organiser. In April 1918 he was arrested for sedition, and his 75-minute speech from the dock became a celebrated text for Scottish left-wingers. He was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude, but was released after the November armistice. In captivity, Maclean had been on hunger strike, and prolonged force-feeding had permanently affected his health. He collapsed in Glasgow during a speech and died of pneumonia, aged forty-four, on 30 November 1923.