Provosts of Gourock and Port Glasgow

Robert Binnie (1824-1917), Provost of Gourock 1877-1889 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.16 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock William Lang, Provost of Gourock 1889-1892 - bromide print on paper - R27335.26 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock William C. Chalmers, Provost of Gourock 1892-1895 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.25 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock William Steel (1845-1906), Provost of Gourock 1895-1898 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.27 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Charles Edward Stewart, Provost of Gourock 1898-1899 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.4 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Robert S. Simpson, Provost of Gourock 1899-1901 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.19 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock John C. Peacock, Provost of Gourock 1901-1904 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.11 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock James Adam (d 1930), Provost of Gourock 1904-1907 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.8 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Samuel Duley, Provost of Gourock 1907-1910 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.21 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Hugh M. Brown, Provost of Gourock 1910-1913 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.7 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Robert Campbell, Provost of Gourock 1913-1916 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.17 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock John M. Adam (d 1946), Provost of Gourock 1916-1923 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.12 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Duncan McCallum (d 1933), Provost of Gourock 1923-1926 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.6 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Victor J. Moodie (d 1927), Provost of Gourock 1926-1927 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.23 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock James Mathie (d 1941), Provost of Gourock 1927-1932 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.9 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Mrs. Margaret Young (d 1951), Provost of Gourock 1932-1935 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.14 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock William C. Wood (d 1937), Provost of Gourock 1935-1937 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.24  - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock James Rees Pedlar (d 1951), Provost of Gourock 1937-1940 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.10 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Archibald K. Henderson, Provost of Gourock 1940-1946 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.3 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Sloan Macmillan (d 1967), Provost of Gourock 1946-1953 - Bromide print on paper - R27335.22 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Hugh McMaster, Provost of Port Glasgow 1898-1904 - Bromide print on paper by Norman Hunter - R29449 - ©McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

In 1694 a burgh of barony was erected at Gourock in favour of Sir William Stewart of Castlemilk. By the middle of the nineteenth century it had grown in size and become a Police Burgh in 1858.  The Police Burgh of Gourock had an elected town council which was responsible for local services such as policing, paving, lighting and cleansing. Under the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929 Gourock was re-classified as a Small Burgh. In 1975 local government reforms resulted in the abolition of the Burgh of Gourock; it became merged into Inverclyde District Council and eventually Inverclyde Council.

In 1668 a burgh of barony was erected at Port Glasgow in favour of Glasgow, primarily acting as a port for Glasgow. In 1803 Port Glasgow became a Police Burgh and in 1832 it became a Parliamentary Burgh which resulted in the creation of an elected Town Council. In 1930 it was changed into a Large Burgh. In 1975 the Burgh of Port Glasgow was abolished, merging, like Gourock, into Inverclyde District Council and eventually part of Inverclyde Council.

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Find out more about the Burghs of Gourock and Port Glasgow by contacting Inverclyde Archives which holds many records relating to the former burghs of Inverclyde. Use the link on the left to get more information.

Page last updated: 6 August 2018