Collection T-RRG - Robertson Research Group records

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GB 249 T-RRG


Robertson Research Group records


  • 1961-1993 (Creation)

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0.36 metres

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(1961-c 2004)

Administrative history

Robertson Research Group was the name of a group of inter-connected companies involved throughout the world in natural resource and environmental consultancy including the exploration for and development of oil, gas, minerals, water and agriculture.

The Group had its origins in the Robertson Research Company Ltd, formed in 1961 to provide mineral assessment services for the quarrying interests of William Robertson Shipowners in North Wales. The business expanded rapidly, with new offices being opened in many parts of the world, both in the UK and overseas. In 1970, Robertson Research International Ltd was formed to look after the business’ international interests and in 1975, Robertson Research Holdings Ltd was formed to act as the major equity holder and controlling organisation of the Group. Both these companies operated through a number of subsidiaries.

In 1984, Robertson Research Holdings Ltd was renamed Robertson Research plc. In 1987, it was renamed again, as Robertson Group Ltd.

In 1991, the Group was taken over by Simon Engineering plc.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were donated to the University of Strathclyde in 2008 by Philip Robertson, the son of Frank Robertson, chairman of Robertson Research Group.

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Scope and content

Annual general meeting papers; annual reports and accounts; board of directors' minutes and papers; correspondence and papers relating to acquisitions; papers relating to constitution; papers relating to shares; financial records; newsletters; news cuttings; publicity material.

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No access restrictions.

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  • English

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Closely related to this collection are the records of William Robertson Shipowners (also known as Gem Line). Both collections were donated by Philip Robertson, son of Frank Robertson, chairman of William Robertson Shipowners and Robertson Research Group.

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