- 1999 (Creation)
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Ronald Johnston was born and brought up in Glasgow. He worked in various manual jobs before embarking on an academic career in social history, advancing to Reader at Glasgow Caledonian University. His main research interests lie in 19th and 20th century British history, especially the history of work and of occupational health. He is the author/co-author of three academic books and over thirty journal articles.
Johnston left academia in 2011 to concentrate on independent research and writing. His first novel, 'The red list', draws on his extensive knowledge of the West of Scotland during the period when it gained the title 'Red Clydeside'. His pen name is James Johnston.
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Conversation between R Johnston and a 69 year-old retired insurance agent, 17 March 1999.
Consent form A15, formerly coded A40.
The participant had worked as an engineer in the Ailsa shipyard in Troon in the late 40s and early 50s, where he was heavily exposed to asbestos.