Lawrence Storione

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Lawrence Storione (1867–1922) was a Fife miner and political figure. He is best known for founding the Anarchist Communist League in Cowdenbeath, Scotland.


Apparently the son of the Italian stonemason Felix Storione and Philomena Moir (or Noir), and a French citizen according to the United Kingdom Census 1901, Lawrence Storione worked as a miner in Italy, France, Belgium and the west of Scotland.[1] In 1908, he settled in Lumphinnans, Fife, after fleeing France dressed as a woman.[2] He married Annie Cowan whom he met whilst living in Hamilton, Lanarkshire in 1900. They named their children Annie, Germinal, Libertie, Autonomie, Grace and Anarchie.[3]

He was injured in a pit accident during the First World War.

He died in 1922.

Political Activity[edit]

Storione founded the Fife Anarchist Communist League in Cowdenbeath, which 'preached a heady mixture of De Leonist Marxism and the anarchist teachings of Kropotkin and Stirner, a libertarian communism which was fiercely critical of the union.'[3]

The League ran a bookshop in Cowdenbeath and his eldest daughter, Annie, ran the Proletarian Sunday School which used the Industrial Workers of the World's Little Red Songbook.[4]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Labour Biography, Volume XII, Ed. Gildart and David Howell, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-96873-5, page 182
  2. ^ Communist Women in Scotland, Neil C. Rafeek, 2008,p.28
  3. ^ a b Little Moscows: Communism and Working-Class Militancy in Inter-War Britain, Stuart Macintyre, Croom Helm, 1980, ISBN 978-0-7099-0083-2, page 54.
  4. ^ Red Scotland!: The Rise and Fall of the Radical Left, C. 1872 to 1932, Cora Kaplan, William Kenefick, Edinburgh University Press, 2007, ISBN 0-7486-2518-6, ISBN 978-0-7486-2518-5, page 163.

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