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`Billy Boys' link to the Ku Klux Klan

By Staff Reporter

A HIGH profile Scottish loyalist who took part in Twelfth marches in Belfast in the 1930s, went on to start a branch of the Ku Klux Klan in Glasgow.

Billy Fullerton led a notorious gang, the Brigtown Boys, whose signature tune was ``The Billy Boys'', an infamous sectarian song which was associated with the Orange Order and Rangers Football Club.

The song, which includes the line: ``We're up to our knees in Fenian blood'', was banned from football grounds by the Scottish government in 2011.

Born in the Bridgeton area of Glasgow, Fullerton formed the Brigton Billy Boys, an anti-Catholic gang from Bridgeton Cross, in 1924. At its height, the gang had 800 members.

According to reports, Fullerton led the Bridgeton Purple and Crown Flute Band which marched during the Twelfth in Belfast in the 1930s.

When the Billy Boys went into decline in the late 1930s, Billy Fullerton joined Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists and went on to start a Glasgow branch of the Ku Klux Klan.

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