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.  […]

Archibald Lang Fleming 1883 – 1953 Bishop of the Arctic

Archibald Lang Fleming was born in 4 Robertson Street Greenock on 8 September 1883 to Captain and Mrs (Janet Livingstone) John Fleming.  He was educated at Greenock Academy and became an apprentice with John Brown’s at Clydebank at the same time studying Naval Architecture at Glasgow University. After some time with John Brown’s he saw an […]

John Boyle 1912-1940 MV San Demetrio

John Boyle was born in Greenock to Patrick and Susan Healy Boyle around 1912.  He served as a greaser aboard the Scottish built mv San Demetrio, launched in 1938.  The ship was part of the “Jervis Bay” Atlantic convey carrying a vital cargo of petroleum when the convoy was attacked by gunfire on 5th November 1940 from the […]

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