Jimmy Reid born in Govan

Jimmy Reid

Jimmy Reid is born on 9 July 1932 in Govan to parents Leo and Isabella Reid. Jimmy was the youngest of seven children. Three of his sisters died in infancy leading to his scathing accusation that their cause of death should be “killed by capitalism”.

It was a formative family heartbreak which had propelled Reid to life as a political activist in the Communist Party. “Socialism was in your mother’s milk,” he contended.

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