Local Connections

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 […]

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 […]

James Moffat 1818 – 1884

James Moffat was the youngest child of James Moffat and Mary Bell.  He was born in Carnwath, Lanarkshire on 10th August 1818.  He came to Port Glasgow with his widowed sister Mary Lees and niece Catherine some time prior to the 1841 census, where he is shown as a grocer.  He worked at the grocer’s shop […]

Captain Duncan McPherson 1845 – 1910

Duncan McPherson was born in Inveraray, Argyll on 28th April 1845.  His parents were Mary Smith and Alexander McPherson who had married on 4th July 1844. He had a brother Alexander who was also born in Inveraray on 15th June 1847.  By the 1851 census the family had moved to Gourock. Duncan was educated at the Gourock […]

General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate Bt. 1861-1953

Sir Reginald Wingate – the title he usually used, was a distinguished soldier, administrator and diplomat.  He is perhaps most famous for his work and time in Egypt and Sudan.  Much has been written about him – you only have to put his name in a search engine and you will find a great deal of […]

Dunlop brothers – John

Born in Greenock on 2 August 1789 John was the eldest son of Alexander Dunlop of Keppoch. The Dunlop family is believed to be one of the most ancient in Scotland. His father was a banker and merchant. Dunlop’s mother Janet died when he was about seven years of age, his father remarried the following […]

Dunlop brothers – Robert Graham

Robert Dunlop was born in Greenock in 1790, he was the 2nd son of Alexander Dunlop and Janet Graham.  He joined the Royal Navy in his early teens and by the age of twenty had reached the rank of Lieutenant and served in the Napoleonic Wars. He was later promoted to the rank of Captain.  Robert retired from the Royal […]