Barbour's Army goes into battle

WHILE the men of Glasgow were off fighting the Germans and the Turks, their wives and children were busy battling an equally insidious enemies on the home front - rapacious landlords.

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Led by the redoubtable Mary Barbour, the rent strikers, mostly women, were soon christened Mrs Barbour's Army.

Much like the protests in Glasgow during the 'poll tax' years, activists would block homes to sheriff officers and stage large and rowdy demonstrations outside the homes and offices of the biggest landlords.

As protests began to spread across the country, the Government, fearful of revolution, realised something must be done.

And on 27 November 1915, the Government introduced legislation to restrict rents to the pre-war level.

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