Local History & Heritage

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 […]

Cutty Sark

A China tea clipper was built in Dumbarton by Scott and Linton for John Willis and Sons, London.  It was built for speed to compete in the China tea trade and was launched on 22 November 1869.  However events overtook this ambition to be the fastest clipper as the Suez Canal opened on 16th November […]

Views of the Old West Kirk (Lyle Kirk, Esplanade)

Kirk of Greenock – Built 1591

In 1589 a Royal Charter was signed at Holyrood by King James VI giving permission for John Schaw, a local laird to build a church – and maintain it – for the people of Greenock – then a small fishing village.  Prior to this the Greenock people had to walk to Inverkip to attend church. […]

Greenock Medical Martyrs

James Lamont Lochhead was the last of five doctors to die in the typhus epidemic of 1864 – 1865.  They were known as the Medical Martyrs, there is a memorial to them in the Wellpark Mid Kirk in Greenock.  James was the eldest of a family of four; his parents Matthew Lochhead and Mary Lamont were […]

Greenock Cemetery Walks

Greenock Cemetery was opened in 1846 and was believed to be one of the largest municipal cemeteries in Europe; built on a hill with beautiful views over the town.  A walk through the cemetery tells the story of Greenock with its history of trade and commerce and the people involved. The link below is for the Greenock […]

Greenock Studio Photographers 1855-World War 1

Local Greenock Post Office Directories list several studio photographers from the early days of photography. It is interesting to note that from 1855 until 1865 they are listed either under Sculptors or Miscellaneous. Some studios were developed and run by local photographers while others were branches of larger businesses usually based in Glasgow. Here are […]

Auld – Greenock and Its Early Social Environment

This article contains a link to a gallery of images hosted on Inverclyde Council’s website. Upon clicking, this will be displayed in a separate window. www.inverclyde.gov.uk/community-life-and-leisure/local-history-and-heritage/william-auld

Street Names of Greenock

This section contains a link to a page hosted on Inverclyde Council’s website. Upon clicking, this will be displayed in a separate window. www.inverclyde.gov.uk/community-life-and-leisure/local-history-and-heritage/brown-early-annals-greenock-1905