Local History Downloads


The collection of the Watt Library contains many books, pamphlets, archives and other materials relating to the history and heritage of the inverclyde area. During the closure of the Watt Library for refurbishment the services it provided are now available at the Inverclyde Heritage Hub. The Library has been collecting material on local history since the 1840s and offers an unequalled range and depth of material for researchers of all kinds. Family history, local heritage, industrial history and social history are just some of the areas which are covered. In addition there is the record of area's history as recorded in the pages of local newspapers from 1800 onwards. 

On this page you can download copies of some of these original documents which offer interesting insights into Inverclyde's past, both social and industrial. 

These downloads are provided for the purposes of personal research. Copyrights are retained by Inverclyde Libraries / Inverclyde Council. If you want to post them on another website or use them commercially then please contact Inverclyde Libraries, Museum and Archives Service for permission. The Libraries, Museum and Archives Serivce can supply high resolution versions of these downloads.

Find out more about Local History at Inverclyde Libraries by using the link on the left.  
Greenock: Its History, Development and Industrial Resources - Official Handbook issued under the auspices of The Greenock Corporation - 1930 - BG2/6/1  - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council General and Business Directory for the Burgh of Gourock - 1935 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council In Memoriam: booklet of poetry by Private Kenneth Campbell MacDonald, 1/8 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died in action in France on the 13th November 1916. Compiled by his father Alexander MacDonald. - FP35/1/1 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council The Mid Parish Kirk : An Historical Sketch of the Church and its Ministers. Edited and Published by John Mitchell Pollock on the occasion of the Semi-Jubilee of Rev. D.S. Peters M.A. - 1902 - 34106002326531  © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Ancient Order of Foresters, Greenock High Court 1930: Official handbook and souvenir guide. Published by High Court Reception Committee 1930 - 34106003133183 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council History and Regulations of the Watt Club of Greenock: containing the names of the present office-bearers and of the honorary and ordinary members. - 1828 - CS1/2/1 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club Diamond Jubilee booklet 1926 - CS63/1/1  - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Wellpark United Free Church Yearbook 1905 - This publication contains details of the church membership and church activities - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council CH2/1/1 Programme of the Visit of His Majesty the King to Greenock and Port Glasgow to the Merchant Shipbuilding Yards of the Clyde, and the Principal Steel Rolling Mills of Scotland - September 1917 - LG1/1/28/2/2 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council R.N.T.F. Heather Burns Club 3rd Annual Dinner Menu, held in Crawfurd's Hall, Greenock in January 1930. - FP70/6/1  - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Souvenir guide booklet to the Grand Masonic Bazaar of Greenock St. John's No. 175 held in the Town Hall, Greenock on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October 1896. - CS111/1/1 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Gourock Burgh Souvenir Programme of the formal opening of the Cragburn Pavilion, Gourock by Colonel A.D. MacInnes Shaw on Monday 18th May 1936 at 7.45 pm. - FP70/5/3  - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Essay on the Advantages of Savings Banks in General and The Greenock Provident Bank, in particular, to The Working Classes by one of themselves, James Frame - 1851 - 31406003133746 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council Monograph titled 'Greenock Church Tokens in the possession of Greenock Burns Club - A little book on certain Communion Tokens of the Presbytery of Greenock 1706-1878' - CS61/2/1 - © Watt Library Greenock / Inverclyde Council