Collection MS 420 - Sir William Nicoll EU papers

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MS 420

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Sir William Nicoll EU papers

Date(s)

  • c.1980 - 2010 (Creation)

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6 boxes

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Biographical history

Born in Dundee, Sir William Nicoll (1927 - 2016) became Director General of the Coucil of the European Communities. Best known for advocating sanctions against Argentina during the Falklands war as Deputy UK Permanent Representative to the European Community (Now European Union). An editor of Building European Union (1997), including a collection of documents, and Understanding the European Union. Born in Dundee, the only child of his parents. Growing up in a tenement, his father was a joiner. Attended Morgan Academy, then won a scholarship to University College, Dundee, which was then part of the University of St Andrews. He passed the civil service exams and moved to London in 1949 to join the Board of Trade. Married Helen Morison in 1954, at the same time becoming Editor of The Reel, a post he held in 1954 and 1955. The next year he was posted to Calcutta as trade commissioner, cutting short his editorship. Within ten years he had risen to become private secretary to Douglas Jay, the Labour heavyweight whom Harold Wilson had appointed president of the Board of Trade. From there he was seconded to the Foreign Office and served 20 years as one of our senior men in Brussels. He became familiar with the French language, had a narrow escape from an IRA letter bomb while there. Sir William was a lifelong teetotaller, and keen Scottish country dancer. He rose to become Director General of the Council of the European Communities, and was knighted in 1992. In retirement, he lectured, edited the European Business Journal, wrote books on the European Union and advised candidate countries hoping to join it. Sir William Nicoll, 28 June 1927 – 26 February 2016 [Source: The Reel, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society www.rscdslondon.org.uk]

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Not expected

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Usually chronological within series. This collection generally regards the European Union and related politics. Subjects include analysis of European treaties and the British Civil Service. The collection comprises mainly copies of: typed reports, newspaper articles, copies of departments within the EU agreements, letters to Sir Nicoll rearding the European Union moving forward, press releases on E.U., and some of his collection of books on world politics. Even in retirement, Sir Nicholas was contacted for help as an expert and respected figure within European politics, and he kept up to date with current happenings with European politics. The collection extends from 1975 - 2012 in general, with a couple documents ranging back to 1930.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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MS 420

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

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Catalogued

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  • English

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