Scottish Typographical Association

Scottish Typographical Association was a labour union representing typesetters in Scotland.[2][3][4] It was founded in 1853. In 1974, it merged with the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT).[5][6][7]

Scottish Typographical Association
Merged intoSociety of Graphical and Allied Trades
  • Scotland
3,925 (1907[1])
AffiliationsTUC, STUC, P&KTF

The formation of the union was organised by the Glasgow Typographical Society, although it incorporated local societies in other Scottish burghs. Membership gradually rose, reaching 4,700 in 1910. The union was a founding member of the Printing and Kindred Trades Federation and, following a demarcation decision of the federation in 1928, it organised only assistants in case and machine rooms in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, but all typographical workers in the rest of Scotland.[8]

The union changed its name to the Scottish Graphical Association in 1973, but merged into SOGAT shortly afterwards.[8]

General SecretariesEdit

1853: John Baird[9]
1859: William Govan[9]
1871: George Craig[9]
1872: Simon Martin[9]
1874: John Battersby[9]
1887: Robert Johnstone[9]
1893: John Templeton[9]
1911: John White[9]
1913: James Brown[9]
1917: John Watt[9]
1921: Robert Watson[9]
1942: Robert H. Lean[9]
1951: Harry Girdwood[9]
1961: Peter Whigham[9]


  1. ^ Report on Trade Unions in 1905-1907. London: Board of Trade. 1909. pp. 82–101.
  2. ^ Gillespie, Sarah C. (1953). A Hundred Years of Progress: The Record of the Scottish Typographical Association, 1853-1952.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Siân (1989). Britannica's Typesetters: Women Compositors in Edwardian Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 085224634X.
  4. ^ "Scottish Typographical Association". Sapphire. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Scottish Typographical Association". University of Warwick. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Scottish Typographical Association". Edinburgh City of Print. Edinburgh Museums & Galleries. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  7. ^ Beavan, I.; Isaac, P.; McKay, B. (July 1997). "Aberdeen University Press and the Scottish Typographical Association: an Uneasy early Relationship". Print Networks; Provincial Book Trade: Images & Texts; Their Production and Distribution in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Bassenthwaite, 1996. Winchester; Delaware; St Paul's Bibliographies; Oak Knoll Press; 1997: 143–162. ISBN 1873040482, ISBN 188471837X
  8. ^ a b Arthur Marsh and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol.5, pp.93-94
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Sarah C. Gillespie, A hundred years of progress: the record of the Scottish Typographical Association, 1853 to 1952, pp.243-244