Since Irish emigration following the Famine there had been much tension in Glasgow. And occasionally it did boil over.
Friday 6th August 1875 marked the centenary of the birth of Daniel O'Connell of Kerry.
There were to be festivities in Glasgow the following day. However there were to be not one but two processions setting off from Glasgow Green.
One was from an Organising Committee demanding an amnesty for political prisoners and self government for Ireland. It gathered at Fleshers Haugh and made its way to East Muir, a park at Shettleston. 3000 took part.
A larger one was led by priests who were against giving the demonstration any political character. They gathered at Nelson's monument and went via the Gorbals and Langside to Pollokshaws. It was bigger -7000 took part.
Later that night there was trouble at Partick Cross when Irish Nationalists and Orangemen who had been drinking through the day went at each other with "pokers, pikes and placards, tones and sticks with loaded heads."
The trouble only finally came to an end when the Riot Act was read on the Sunday morning.
Some 70 arrests were made. All appeared at Partick Burgh Court after what had been the biggest civil disorder in the city for years.