Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

24/4/2006

PORT GLASGOW (surveyed in 1856-7)

Port Glasgow is situated on the south side of the Firth of Clyde, some twenty miles north-west of Glasgow. The town was originally developed in the late sixteenth century by the authorities of Glasgow who bought land in what was then the village of Newark, in order to make a new port. At that time the River Clyde near Glasgow was too shallow for large vessels and so in 1762 two harbours were built and Port Glasgow was created. In 1695, the new parish of Port Glasgow was established and, in 1775, it was made into a burgh. The name Port Glasgow was simply a descriptive term derived from the period when it was the main port for Glasgow. for more click here

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