Blantyre “Wireless” Pirate



How we take things for granted these days, like being able to listen to the radio for instance.

The first case in Hamilton Sheriff Court ever to be heard under the Control of Wireless Telegraphy Act. 1904, concerned James McLean, a miner, Greenside Street, Blantyre in December 1926.

James was fined 20s for installing and working a wireless set without a license. It was said by the Fiscal that the complaint was as warning to other wireless “pirates” in Lanarkshire that such new technology in homes was to have a license at all times before its use.

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