Papers of Sir Robert Smith, 1928-, chartered accountant and official Upper Clyde Shipbuilders liquidator, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

ACCN 3613

  • Diaries documenting UCS liquidation, 16 Jun 1971 - 28 Apr 1972
  • Report by the Official Liquidator to the Creditors of the Company , 1972-1974
  • minutes of meetings of the Committee of Inspection, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd (In Liquidation) and supporting documents, 23 Sep 1971 – 23 Aug 1973
  • Reports, correspondence, minutes of meetings, handwritten notes, newspaper cuttings and unidentified photographs, relating to the liquidation of UCS and UCS work-in, 18 Jun 1971 – 28 Jul 1971
  • VHS tape recording of Sir Robert Smith, c late 20th century

ACCN 3629

  • Diaries documenting UCS liquidation, 1 May 1972 - 7 Dec 1972
  • Papers and correspondence relating to UCS liquidation, 1970s-1980s
  • Booklet, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Limited (In Liquidation). Statement of Affairs as at 15th June, 1971
  • Booklet, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Limited (In Liquidation) , by Professor David Flint, c1970s
  • Booklet, Fairfields (Glasgow) Limited. Accounts , 30 Aug 1968
  • Papers and correspondence relating to William Collins and News International, 1980s
  • William Collins PLC board papers, 1981, 1988-1989
  • William Collins PLC, Reports and Accounts , 1978-1987

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Smith was working for Arthur Young McClelland Moores (now Ernst & Young) when he was appointed official liquidator of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in 1971. During his career he also worked for Standard Life, Alliance Trust, Bank of Scotland and William Collins, and was involved in the latter's take-over by News International in 1989.


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order

Access Information

Open, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Deposit : Sir Robert Smith : 11/10/2011 : ACCN 3613

Deposit : Sir Robert Smith : 29/11/2011 : ACCN 3629


Collection box listed by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Accessions), 17 Oct 2011 (ACCN 3619) and Rachael Muir, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee), 14 Dec 2011 (ACCN 3629). Collection level description created by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Accessions), 8 Jan 2013

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

Related Material

See source list on ship building, ship repair and allied industries available via the University of Glasgow Archive Services homepage

GB 248 UGD 348 and GB 248 UCS 001 Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd, Clydebank division

GB 248 UGD 349 and GB 248 UCS 003 Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd, Linthouse division

GB 248 UGD 355 and GB 248 UCS 005 Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd

GB 248 UGD 215 : GB 248 UGD 356 : GB 248 UCS 004 Records of Simons-Lobnitz Ltd

GB 248 UGD 180 BBC transcripts relating to the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders' work-in

GB 248 UGD 181 Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Shop Stewards Committee

GB 248 DC 065 Hay and Woolfson UCS ephemera collection

GB 248 DC 140 S Barr, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Yard Convenor

GB 248 DC 455 J Reid, University Rector and Scottish trade union official

GB 248 DC 187 Professor David Flint's UCS Reports

GB 243 UCS 002 Records of Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, 1801-1969 (Glasgow City Archives)

GB 248 UGD 243 Records of William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd, publishers