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Is it true  that the Ravenscraig steel mill at  Motherwell was owned by Corus, an American steel  conglomerate prior to closure in 1992 ?  If not who were the owners at the time of  closure.
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Hello Colin

I have to say, that this is not the type of cultural question I usually get - I'm usually stravaiging around the 1500s-1800s - but here goes ....

As far as I know, Ravenscraig was owned by the privatised British Steel when it was closed in 1992.

British Steel subsequently changed it name to Corus, after a conglomeration with a Dutch company. This company was subsumed by India's Tata company.

I don't think there was any overt US involvement - apart from the Scottish-American Ian Macgregor, who was chairman of British Steel during the late 1970s and early 80s. However, Bob Scholey was at the helm when Ravenscraig's closure was announced, but he had been replaced by someone else (Moffat?) by the time the plant closed. However, being a privatised company, British Steel may have had US shareholders and stakeholders. But at the time of Ravenscraig's closure, it wasn't yet called Corus.

I hope this helps.


PS - the history of the company can be found online here - <a href=">Tata Steel Information<a/>

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Lifecycle (birth, marriage, death) customs in Scotland, Early Modern Scottish social customs, modern Scottish social customs, Border March laws and procedures, criminal processes and judicial execution practices, social history in Early Modern Scotland, ephemera printing in Scotland. While I have some knowledge of the clan system and function of the clan society (Highland and Lowland), I am not a an expert in clan genealogy. Having traced back my own family over a couple of centuries, and traced others due to academic research, I do know how the system works, however. This doesn't mean that I'm a genealogist. Please note that I do not speak Gaelic.


Research Fellow (University of Edinburgh). Contributer to various books and journals on ballads, including Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, The Ballad and History and The Harris Repertoire. Freelance tutor in outreach courses from Edinburgh University on Scottish Culture and Tradition, including lifecycle customs, broadsheet ballads in Scotland, the traditional ballad and history. Freelance writer, guest presenter on Ch4 History Hunters programme, contributor to BBC Radio Scotland's 'Songlines' series on 'The Dowie Dens of Yarrow'. Currently co-director of a media production company

Books: Forthcoming: The Gallows and The Stake Published: Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol. 10, chapter on The Traditional and the Border Ballad; The Harris Repertoire (2000, Scottish Text Society, co-editor), The Ballad in History (chapter on Border ballads). Journals include Folklore, The Review of Scottish Culture,Sottish Studies, and The Scottish Literary Journal

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