Papers of Herbert E R Highton, President of Glasgow Trades Council, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Correspondence and circulars to or from Herbert E R Highton, 1919-1930

The majority of the collection is made up of printed pamphlets and reports concerning industrial disputes and workers' conditions in Glasgow including:

  • Newspaper cuttings 1916-1926
  • Printed bluebooks and reports 1907-1930
  • Pamphlets, manifestos and estimates 1905-1933

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert E R Highton was born in 1886 and was an engineer in Glasgow, Scotland. During his career he acted as secretary to Glasgow members of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers who were suspended from the Society for striking without official approval in February 1919. He was also involved in the Clyde Workers Committee and presented lectures to the economics section of the Royal Philosophical Society. He was elected president of the Glasgow Trades Council (formed 1858) and during his term of office was part of a deputation that met with the then prime minister, Bonar Law, during his visit to Glasgow in 1922. The deputation questioned the prime minister concerning unemployment and the benefits that they received.

Source: Ian MacDougall,A Catalogue of Some Labour Records in Scotland(Edinburgh, 1978)


This material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by format and/or function. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically

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Related Material

GB 246 S38 Records of Glasgow Trades Council (Glasgow City Archives)

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Additional Information

Mainly originals, but some photocopies. The location of the originals of these copies is unknown

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 30 April 2002

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