Social & Local History at the McLean Museum

Social & Local History at the McLean Museum Official McLean Museum page for all things Social & Local History in Inverclyde. News, photographs, exhibitions etc....
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Keep up with whats happening at the McLean Museum especially with regards to Inverclyde Social & Local History

Mission: To bring Inverclyde's rich and varied history to as wide an audience as possible

Social & Local History at the McLean Museum's cover photo
03/08/2017

Social & Local History at the McLean Museum's cover photo

10/10/2016

We've had an enquiry regarding the military career of a Hugh Gallacher Docherty who died in 1983 and lived at Columba Street - he had a son Hugh and daughter Elizabeth. If you can help at all please get in touch

Social & Local History at the McLean Museum
12/08/2016

Social & Local History at the McLean Museum

About to go through refurbishment - Lady Alice School - 1956
23/06/2016

About to go through refurbishment - Lady Alice School - 1956

6th/7th May 1941
06/05/2016

6th/7th May 1941

Greenock ARP
27/04/2016

Greenock ARP

15/03/2016
Historypin

In order to avoid confusion :-) here is the link to our Greenock Blitz page. Please feel free to let us know your Blitz stories

Timeline Photos
07/03/2016

Timeline Photos

01/03/2016

John Sayers Orr (pt 2)

01/03/2016

John Sayers Orr (pt 1)

Timeline Photos
19/02/2016

Timeline Photos

The Museum lost a very good friend over Xmas. Bill Kane was instrumental in putting together our Scotts Exhibition and '...
03/01/2016

The Museum lost a very good friend over Xmas. Bill Kane was instrumental in putting together our Scotts Exhibition and 'Scotts Men' Book and contributed so much to our knowledge of the Shipbuilding & Engineering history of Inverclyde. He was a very proud 'Scotts' Man' despite working latterly in Kincaids ha ha
He loved engines, history, sailing and liked to drive quite fast :-)
I will personally miss him so much - he told it how it was! Will miss our chats. RIP
Vincent Gillen

A little something in the memory of Jim Duncan who passed away recently.
24/10/2015

A little something in the memory of Jim Duncan who passed away recently.

Battle of Britain 75
15/09/2015

Battle of Britain 75

From C.Milne's History of Gourock. Mrs Gamble of Ashburn
10/09/2015

From C.Milne's History of Gourock. Mrs Gamble of Ashburn

Torpedo Factory Staff 1946
08/09/2015

Torpedo Factory Staff 1946

24/08/2015

Great vessel hopefully coming to Greenock. "Should the visit become a reality, there can be no doubt that it would benefit the community of Greenock, as it would draw thousands of people from all parts of the country.'

RIP Bill Stoddart - Bill and his wife did a lot to tell the story of Sandy Walker who was killed in Burma in WW2
15/08/2015

RIP Bill Stoddart - Bill and his wife did a lot to tell the story of Sandy Walker who was killed in Burma in WW2

06/07/2015

Plans to bring worlds largest ship to Greenock as tourist attraction - 1886. More to follow

Contemporary collecting. An historic event in the political history of this area.
08/05/2015

Contemporary collecting. An historic event in the political history of this area.

Niobe Youth Centre 1956
19/02/2015

Niobe Youth Centre 1956

Some current Scott Lithgow widows are known to benefit to the sum of £67 a month!!!!
13/02/2015

Some current Scott Lithgow widows are known to benefit to the sum of £67 a month!!!!

Greenock Stevedore Coy - liquidated in 1913
12/02/2015

Greenock Stevedore Coy - liquidated in 1913

RIP Mr Knox - well known to all at Kincaids
04/02/2015

RIP Mr Knox - well known to all at Kincaids

Festive Cheer at the McLean Museum. Hope to see you there. Check out the poster below for full details. Make sure to wea...
17/11/2014

Festive Cheer at the McLean Museum. Hope to see you there. Check out the poster below for full details.

Make sure to wear your Christmas jumper :)

A limited version of our website is now up and running. Look out for updates as we make the site fully functional. http:...
08/08/2014
Home : Inverclyde's Great War

A limited version of our website is now up and running. Look out for updates as we make the site fully functional. http://bit.ly/1B0tHDI

Inverclyde's Great War 1914-18. Telling the story of the Great War in the towns and villages of Inverclyde

Book Now to avoid disappointment
29/07/2014

Book Now to avoid disappointment

Timeline Photos
03/07/2014

Timeline Photos

20/06/2014

Greenock & The Press Gang

Memories of Sword Beach by William Gillan Before going to France everyone from P.O. up was given a holster and a revolve...
06/06/2014

Memories of Sword Beach by William Gillan

Before going to France everyone from P.O. up was given a holster and a revolver. When we said we are not going to kill many Germans with a revolver he said the revolvers are for deserters. After taking another really heavy air raid it was time to leave for France. It must have been a day before all the rest of the ships and landing craft left, as our landing craft was a converted “London Barge” with a speed of 4 knots maximum. When we arrived all the Battle Wagons were already there. Firing their heavy guns the noise was really frightening. There was some Germans firing from a Machine Gun Post but we made it to Sword Beach. Our job was to clear all the debris off the beach so that the ships could get nearer with all sorts of stuff (Petrol, Provisions etc.)
We were there about 4 weeks I think then one morning we heard someone shouting the craft is sinking but we made it to the beach. There were some soldiers there when we appeared soaking wet and all they were asking for was a smoke. It was amazing as the driver was a Greenock chap like myself and in fact he stayed in the next street to me, his name was Joe Gallagher

On this day:13 May1772 – Feu-charter, granting Greenock harbours to the town, signed by Sir John Shaw Stewart.1840 –...
13/05/2014

On this day:
13 May

1772 – Feu-charter, granting Greenock harbours to the town, signed by Sir John Shaw Stewart.
1840 – Death of Colin Buchanan, who opened “Buchanan’s Academy” in Sir Michael Street in 1805.
1883 – Death of James Young at Kelly House, Wemyss Bay, buried at Inverkip Cemetery. As an industrial chemist he pioneered the production of paraffin oil at Bathgate.
1900 – Four men killed at Inchgreen railway sidings when locomotive ran over the embankment.
1903 – Three Greenock men at Royal Review in Edinburgh by King Edward VII of Crimean War Veterans.

12/05/2014

On this day:
12 May

1685 – Archibald, Earl of Argyll, and troops from Holland landed at Greenock in support of “Monmouth Rebellion” against James II. After exchange of a few shots, the Earl’s forces withdrew to Cowal, and diversionary invasion of England from the North was abandoned.
1886 – Greenock’s first Boys’ Brigade Company started by Thomas H Stewart in the Vennel Hall.
1951 – Greenock and District Lawn Tennis Association formed.
1912 – First colour cinematograph films shown at the King’s Theatre. It was a newsreel film of the Delhi Royal Durbar.
1969 – East India Harbour, built in 1805-9, sold by Clyde Port Authority to James Lamont & Company, shipbuilders and repairers

VE Day at Benview Terrace
08/05/2014

VE Day at Benview Terrace

Looking for something to do on Saturday 17th May come along to our fun, free event
06/05/2014

Looking for something to do on Saturday 17th May come along to our fun, free event

2 May1751 – Death of Robert Arroll, Session Clerk of the Old Parish and Master of Greenock Grammar School since its op...
02/05/2014

2 May

1751 – Death of Robert Arroll, Session Clerk of the Old Parish and Master of Greenock Grammar School since its opening in 1727.
1799 – John Galt, Scottish Novelist, born at Irvine. He was a clerk in Greenock Customhouse in his early years, and eventually died in Greenock in 1839.
1809 – First patients admitted to Greenock Infirmary, Inverkip Street.
1817 – Foundation stone of Customhouse and Excise Office laid by Sir Michael Shaw Stewart. Designed by William Burn, with William Spottiswood superintending the construction by D Mathieson, A McFarlne and G Dempster, using ex-soldiers from the Napoleonic wars. The stone coming from Giffnock Quarry, Ayrshire.
1903 – New bowling green (on site of former curling pond) opened at Ardgowan Square.
1953 – Greenock’s automatic telephone exchange opened by Earl de la Warr, Port-master-general. At the same time the old manual exchange (on the top floor of the Municipal Buildings) was closed.

On this day:25 April1875 – Alderwood Villa, Gourock, the first concrete building put up in the district completed.1881...
25/04/2014

On this day:

25 April

1875 – Alderwood Villa, Gourock, the first concrete building put up in the district completed.
1881 – West End Baths, Campbell Street, opened. Converted into Arts Guild in 1949.
1905 – Greenock Unionist Club premises at 29 Hamilton Street sold to limited liability company for lease back to the club.
1906 – Tenth annual meeting of Scottish Trades Union Congress held in Greenock Town Hall.
1954 – St Lawrence RC Church opened by Bishop Black, of Paisley.

22 April1723 – Sir James Campbell of Lawers murdered in Greenock by Duncan Campbell.1831 – Retiral of John Fairrie, ...
22/04/2014

22 April

1723 – Sir James Campbell of Lawers murdered in Greenock by Duncan Campbell.
1831 – Retiral of John Fairrie, sugar refiner and Chief Magistrate of Greenock.
1833 – First meeting of the founders of Union Street UP Church.
1905 – Greenock Quoiting Clubs improved ground at Wellington Street opened. In their first match Greenock lost to Wishaw by 40 points

17/04/2014

On this day:

17 April

1845 – Ex-Provost Walter Baine became first Greenock man to be elected Member of Parliament.
1925 – Benson Shakespearean Company (captained by Sir Frank Benson) lost 2-0 to a Greenock Bankers’ football team in a charity match at Battery Park.
1946 – Workers at Greenock began repainting the QUEEN ELIZABETH from her wartime grey to the Cunard livery.
1947 – Last meeting of the Directors of Greenock Royal Infirmary before voluntary hospitals passed into State control

On this day:12 April1818 – Death of Mrs Christian Macknight Crawford of Cartsburn.1862 – Coves Reservoir, Gourock, c...
16/04/2014

On this day:

12 April

1818 – Death of Mrs Christian Macknight Crawford of Cartsburn.
1862 – Coves Reservoir, Gourock, completed and water turned on.
1909 – Death of Sir Donald Currie, Member of Parliament and founder of the Union-Castle Line. He was born in Greenock in 1825.
1938 – Opening of the Bay Hotel in Gourock
1947 – Billy Steel, of Morton, capped for Scotland against England at Wembley two months after being released from the Army.

On this day:15 April1903 – First meeting by Greenock Amateur Operatic Society when the club presented “The Mikado”...
15/04/2014

On this day:

15 April

1903 – First meeting by Greenock Amateur Operatic Society when the club presented “The Mikado” in the Temperance Institute.
1922 – Greenock Morton Football Club won the Scottish Cup by defeating Glasgow Rangers 1-0 at Hampden.
1949 – Large wartime aircraft hanger at battery Park taken down. It was bought by an English cycle-making company.

8 April1820 – “Volunteer Riot”. Six killed and 12 wounded when Port Glasgow Volunteers fired on a mob which attack...
08/04/2014

8 April

1820 – “Volunteer Riot”. Six killed and 12 wounded when Port Glasgow Volunteers fired on a mob which attacked them at Rue End Street.
1884 – Last issue of the weekly newspaper Greenock Advertiser. It had started publication in 1803.
1899 – “Cappielow Riot” at match between Morton and Port Glasgow Athletic. Later 43 men appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court charged with obstructing and assaulting the police.
1903 – Death of James Burges, for 24 years Superintendent of Quarrier’s Homes, Bridge of Weir. He was the son-in-law of the founder, William Quarrier.
1909 – Greenock Boy Scouts’ Association formed.
1941 – Glenville Nursing Home and houses at Ravenscraig extensively damaged by landmine in bombing raid on Greenock.

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