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‘Your Fathers the Ghosts’ - Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Scotland
by Tom F. Cunningham
Black & White Publishing, Edinburgh
Published 16th November 2007
ISBN: 978-1-84502-117-7

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Your Fathers the Ghosts blends the full range of pre-existing scholarship with several years’ worth of original research to produce what is easily the most comprehensive account presently available of Buffalo Bill’s Scottish venues.

People of the Horse Nation - Plains Indians in Early Picture Postcards
by Richard Green
Foreword and design by Alan Hughes
Spellicans Press, Oxford
Published 2013

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This superb pictorial account includes numerous examples of Indians who participated in the tours of Great Britain.

An Indian Called Wounded Knee - Miss Viola Clemmons
and the White Lily Company in England & Wales, 1891-92

by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
First published August 2012
14,794 words
42 pages Print on Demand edition


Another highly original research project, shedding light on a neglected aspect of Buffalo Bill’s British tours. During the 1891-92 season, while Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was performing at provincial venues throughout Great Britain, Colonel Cody’s protegée, Miss Viola Clemmons, was embarked on a theatrical tour of England and Wales, with her short-lived White Lily company. Included in the company was a party of ten Lakota Indians and half-breeds, brought to England especially for this surreal production.

Black Elk, Mexican Joe & Buffalo Bill - The Real Story
by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
First published Spring 2015
16,000+ words
43 pages Print on Demand edition


In this radical re-interpretation of the saga of Black Elk and the other Indians accidentally left behind in England at the end of Buffalo Bill’s 1887-88 tour, the Real Story turns out to be something radically different from the version which has hitherto been accepted as fact - an essential companion volume to Black Elk Speaks and The Sixth Grandfather.

Mexican Joe Volume II - The Running Wolf Years
by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
Published Winter 2016-17
17,936 words
44 pages

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Written as a sequel to Black Elk, Mexican Joe & Buffalo Bill - The Real Story, Volume II resumes the story of Mexican Joe’s chaotic and outrageous career as a Wild West showman at the point at which he parted company with Black Elk during the spring of 1889. The focus this time around is provided by the party of ‘Apaches’ throughout an almost perpetual tour of the United Kingdom, mercifully terminated by financial embarrassment in 1894. The star performer was Running Wolf, the ‘savage of the seventy scalps’, widely publicised as the most fiendish member of Geronimo’s final band of renegades.

As ever, nothing is what it seems...

The Lies and Legends of Montana Bill - Wild West Echoes in Glasgow
by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
Published Summer 2020
16,410 words
48 pages

A further careful examination of the frontier which lies intermediate between historical truth and outright fantasy.

Robert Bailey Robeson, otherwise ‘Montana Bill’, was a sharpshooter, cowboy actor, and aspiring Wild West showman. He was also a long-time resident of Glasgow, Scotland, from around the end of the 19th century until 1919, when he abruptly vanished, leaving a string of illegitimate children and aliases in his wake.

According to a self-composed resumé of his life story, he was a mixed-blood Oglala, born in January 1855, and his mother was a daughter of Chief Rain in the Face. After a series of remarkable frontier adventures, Montana Bill eventually enlisted in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West as a sharpshooting act and Indian interpreter. This new vocation brought him to Great Britain, where, when Cody returned to the States in the autumn of 1892, our hero transferred his services to Mexican Joe.

Can this astonishing personal history or any part of it be substantiated? Judge for yourself but be prepared for more than one sting in the tale...


Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Great Britain