Inverclyde’s History & Heritage

Inverclyde has a particularly rich and varied history and has produced famous people in many fields such as business, science, entertainment, sport and the arts. On this section of the website you can explore the exciting world of Inverclyde’s past and find information on how to help trace your ancestors’ part in Inverclyde’s history and […]

The Merino Mill

Fleming Reid Mill (The Merino Mill)   The Merino Mill was on the site at the top of Drumfrochar Road, known locally as the Mill Road, from 1840 till it finally closed in 1981. The Merino Mill was the name popularly used for the premises owned by Fleming Reid and Co. whose founders were John […]

Peter Morrison 1940

Peter Morrison was born in Greenock on 14 August 1940 to Robin and Rhoda Morrison.  His mother came from Greenock and his father from Port Bannatyne on Bute.  Both his parents were school teachers in the town. The family were all musical and entered the Renfrewshire Music Festival at school in the piano, singing and […]

Peter Dodds McCormack 1834 – 1916

Peter Dodds McCormick  was a joiner, a teacher, a musician, chorister and composer and very active in the Presbyterian church in Australia. McCormick was born in Port Glasgow in 1834, the first child in the family.  In the 1841 census the family lived at Scott’s Lane in the Port but by the 1851 census the family were […]

Linda Esther Gray 1948

Opera singer born in Greenock 29 May 1948 to Jim and Esther Gray. She attended Greenock Academy School and later studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  She also studied with Dame Eva Turner. During her student years she won many major singing awards and her career was both national and international.  She sang many […]

Lena Zavaroni

Lena Hilda Zavaroni (4 November 1963 – 1 October 1999) was a Scottish child singer and a television show host. With her album Ma! He’s Making Eyes at Me at ten years of age, she is the youngest person in history to have an album in the top ten of the UK Albums Chart. Later […]

Hugh Enes Blackmore 1863 – 1945

Hugh Enes Blackmore (1 October 1863 – 21 May 1945) was a British opera and concert singer. Known as the ‘Iron-Throated Tenor’, he is best remembered for his performances of tenor roles with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. His career with D’Oyly Carte spanned almost 30 years, and he briefly became the company’s stage manager, […]

Hamish MacCunn

Hamish MacCunn 1889 Portrait of MacCunn by John Pettie, his father-in-law   Hamish MacCunn (born James) (22 March 1868 – 2 August 1916), Scottish romantic composer, was born in Greenock, the son of a shipowner, and was educated at the Royal College of Music   The MacCunn family home at Thornhill, Ardgowan Street, Greenock. Creative […]