Records of Scottish Machine Tool Corporation Ltd, machine tool manufacturers, Glasgow and Johnstone, Renfrewshire

Scope and Content

  • Production records, 1895-1977;
  • Plans, 1909-1968;
  • Staff records, 1942-1973;
  • Photographs, 1930-1960;
  • Financial records, 1934-1979;
  • Administration records, 1937-1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

Scottish Machine Tool Corporation Ltd was formed in  1937  through the merger of five long established machine tool manufacturers who all specialised in supplying the shipbuilding and heavy engineering industries. These companies, namely  James Allan Senior & Sons Ltd , Glasgow;  James Bennie & Sons Ltd , Glasgow;  G & A Harvey , Glasgow;  Craig & Donald Ltd , Johnstone; and  Loudon Bros Ltd , Johnstone; all retained their separate autonomy, even though they had amalgamated and produced joint trade catalogues. By the 1960s the company had offices in England at Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. In the late  1960s  it became an associate of Wilkins-Mitchell and in  1982  it went into liquidation.


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : Strathclyde University Department of History : Glasgow : 7 July 1987

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2556) and London (NRA26837)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History



None expected

Related Material

GB 248 UGD 175/2 Records of James Allan Senior & Sons Ltd

GB 248 UGD 175/3 Records of Loudon Bros Ltd

GB 248 UGD 175/4 Records of G & A Harvey

GB 248 UGD 175/5 Records of James Bennie & Sons Ltd

GB 248 UGD 175/6 Records of Craig & Donald Ltd

Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance


Hume, John R,Shipbuilding Machine Tools, in Butt, John & Ward, J T (eds),Scottish Themes: Essays in Honour of Professor S G E Lythe(Edinburgh 1976)

Additional Information

Mainly originals, but some microfilm. The location of the originals of these microfilms is unknown.

Compiled by Jenny Cooknell , Assistant Archivist, 30 August 1999. Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 23 March 2000. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 17 May 2002. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing) 6 November 2014.