Archive Collection

The Archive Collection

Inverclyde Archives cares for a rich and varied collection of archival material spanning over 400 years of Inverclyde's history. The collection includes business, clubs, organisational and personal records as well as records of the former Burghs of Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow. 
Our finding aids will help to you explore the range of documents we hold, and are available to download from the links under 'Documents'.

 

Timeline

 

Burgh of Greenock Coat of Arms
Burgh of Greenock Coat of Arms

Greenock

1635: Greenock was created a Burgh of Barony

1833 & 1882: The Burgh was enlarged under acts of parliament in these years

1840 & 1864: Greenock became a Police Burgh under a local act from 1840 and by general act from 1865. Police Burghs were towns who adopted acts of Parliament to elect a town council responsible for policing, paving, lighting and cleansing

1930: Greenock became a Large Burgh under the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929

1975: Greenock Burgh was abolished and was merged into Inverclyde District Council

 

 

 

 

Burgh of Port Glasgow Coat of Arms
Burgh of Port Glasgow Coat of Arms

PortGlasgow

1668: Port Glasgow became a Burgh of Barony erected in favour of Glasgow, later becoming a Police Burgh

1930: It was elevated to the status of a Large Burgh under the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929

1975: The Burgh of Port Glasgow was abolished and merged into Inverclyde District Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burgh of Gourock Coat of Arms
Burgh of Gourock Coat of Arms

Gourock

1694: Gourock became a Burgh of Barony erected in favour of Sir William Stewart of Castlemilk. In the 19th century during a period of rapid growth and the arrival of the railway, it became a Police Burgh

1930: Under the under the Local Government (Scotland) Act, Gourock became a small Burgh

1975:The Burgh of Gourock was abolished and merged into Inverclyde District Council