- Category : 1891-births
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (43,62)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sphinx 2
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.