Papers of William Lind

Scope and Content

  • Photograph albums
  • Ardrossan & Saltcoats
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs and cuttings relating to ships
  • Annual Dinner Menus of Meadowside Executive, Cammell Laird & Co, and the Engineers and Shipbuilders' Employers' Association

Administrative / Biographical History

William Lind gained his early industrial experience in his father's quarrying business. He served his apprenticeship as a shipwright at the Lamont shipyard in Greenock, before entering National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps (now the Royal Corps of Transport), where he was awarded a commission and also served as Adjutant to his regiment. On completion of his National Service he enlisted in the Territorial Army, serving until his retirement in  1972 , and achieving the rank of Lt Colonel. He has also been a member of the Regular Forces Resettlement Committee for Scotland. In the  1970s  he served as Chairman of both the Renfrewshire Archaeological Society and the Scottish Society for Industrial Archaeology. It was also in the 1970s that he first became involved with the  Business Archives Council of Scotland, a forum linking academic and business interest in promoting the survival, collection, and study of business records. He was appointed Honorary Secretary of the BAC(S) in  1975  and, in this capacity, has been active in rescuing records from a number of Scottish businesses, and also in raising funds towards the appointment of the BAC(S) Surveying Officer. He also personally surveys technical records and plans on behalf of the BAC(S), the  University of Glasgow, and the National Archives of Scotland.

His passion for industrial history has contributed to the survival of the business records of a number of Scottish businesses. It was through his efforts that the Adamson Robertson collection of ships' negatives were saved from destruction. His other hobbies include photography and collecting professionally built ship models, and the model ships exhibitions at Glasgow Museum of Transport have benefited as a result of his indefinite loan to the museum of a number of models from his own collection. In recognition of his contribution to the preservation of the records of business and industrial history in Scotland he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Glasgow in  1988 .

Source: Oration given at Honorary Graduation Ceremony: Programme for Honorary Graduation Ceremony 15 June 1988 (ACC44/43) Glasgow University Archives & Business Records Centre (GB 248)


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Fonds level description compiled by Compiled by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 2 March 2000.

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