Lyle Kirk War Memorials

Lyle Kirk Church of Scotland, Greenock has 3 buildings all with several war memorials: Esplanade – previously Old West Kirk – has 2 memorials, one from the Gaelic Church and another 2 for the Old West Kirk. Newark Street – previously Finnart St Paul’s Church – also has 2 memorials, one from Finnart Church and […]

Sir Andrew Noble

Andrew Noble was born in Greenock at 22 Fox Street.   His parents were George Noble and Geils Moore Donald.  George was at that time a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.  Andrew was born on 13th September 1831 and baptised in the Old West Kirk on 11th October of that year.  He was one of a […]

Helen Simpson Dunsmore

Helen was born on 15th November 1926 the elder of 2 girls.  Educated in Greenock and went on to study chemistry at Glasgow University.  After being awarded a BSc she continued her studies for a PhD in Electrochemistry.  When these studies were completed she received a research fellowship in Canada staying there for 3 years.  […]

Rev Henry Charles (Harry) and Rev Dr Laurence Arthur Brown Whitley

Henry Charles Whitley (Harry) was born in Edinburgh in 20 March 1906.  He became a minister of the Church of Scotland  serving in several churches, including Newark Parish Church in Port Glasgow.  It was here that he married Elizabeth Young Thom in 1939 and where his son Laurence Arthur Brown was born in 1949.  During […]

Henri Temianka 1906 – 1992

A bronze bust of Henri Temianka was unveiled by his son Daniel in the McLean Museum, Greenock on 18th November 2016. He is almost unknown in the town of his birth and few have realised what an outstanding impact he had in the world of music, as a violin player, as a conductor, as a teacher […]

Robert &Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood and his brother Robert were monumental sculptors. They had their business at Bruce St and then in 1849 at the gates of the Greenock Cemetery and employed 4 men. They were the sons of James and Agnes Wood, their father was a carter from Ardrossan.  Robert’s cemetery monuments were often large scale and elaborately […]

Captain Robert Young aka “Captain Kid”

Robert Young was the Captain of the paddle steamer PS Elaine, which sailed between Glasgow and Millport. The PS Elaine was a small paddle steamer built by Robert Duncan and Co at Port Glasgow East Yard in 1867 for Graham, Brymner and Co for the Millport trade.  It was subsequently owned by D & RN […]

Alistair Graham Forbes 1921 – 1952 Australian National Research Expedition on Heard Island

Alistair Graham Forbes was born in Greenock and later moved to 48 Mathie Crescent, Gourock were he attended Gourock High School.  During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy.  He was breeder of Alsatian dogs and secretary of the Alsatian Dog Club.  This interest gave him the qualifications to become part of the research team […]

Isabel Marion Mackintosh 1886 – 1918

On January 17th 1886 Isabel Marion Mackintosh was born at 57 Newton Street Greenock.  Her parents were Jessie Victoria McKenzie and Archibald Robert Donald Mackintosh who had married in Edinburgh on August 30th 1882.  Marion’s parents came from the Nairn area but they seemed to have moved around quite often and in fact disappear from records […]

Private Thomas Ramsay Savage 1890 – 1916

Private Thomas Ramsay Savage is buried in Greenock Cemetery (section HHH420).  He was injured at the Battle of the Somme and brought to the Northern General Hospital in Newcastle where he died of his wounds on 5th October 1916.  He is the only soldier buried in the Inverclyde area who took part in the battle.  […]