Usually at this time of year, indefatigable independence campaigner Donald Anderson is putting the finishing touches to the annual John MacLean march and commemoration ceremony.

Sadly, the march is yet another victim of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be a commemoration event in Glasgow, which would appear to be able to go ahead on a limited basis despite yesterday’s increase in restrictions on the city.

Anderson wrote to The National to say: “Our annual MacLean Commemoration event will take place this year at Shawbridge Square, Pollokshaws, Glasgow, on Sunday, November 29, at 1.30pm.

“There will be no march, just a socially distanced and stewarded gathering at the John MacLean Cairn, with one introductory speech, followed by a pipe tune. This will be followed by speakers and musicians.

“There will be no scoriach in the nearby hall this year. Strict social distancing in accordance with the Scottish Government guidelines will be observed.”

Anderson added: “We have been organising the annual John MacLean Commemoration uninterrupted since 1973 (the 50th anniversary of Maclean’s death when the Cairn was erected).

“John MacLean, 1879-1923, advocated a Scottish Socialist Republic and Scottish independence some 20 years before the SNP was formed. The SNP should achieve their goal of independence with the backing and unity of all like-minded people.”