The Greenock Skirmish of 1685

For a brief moment on the 3rd of June 1685, Greenock became the centre of an armed rebellion to overthrow the reigning monarch of Scotland, England and Ireland, James II. James had been on the throne for less than two months when his nephew, James Scott, the Duke of Monmouth, decided to launch a rebellion... Continue Reading →

Searching for Landmarks in Robert Salmon’s Painting, ‘View of Greenock’ (1816)

While I've long been aware of Robert Salmon's charming 1816 landscape painting, 'View of Greenock, Scotland', I'd never previously thought to examine the impressive and accurate detail that it presents of the town, particularly in relation to the West End of Greenock. Salmon, an Englishman by birth, appears to have spent at least two separate... Continue Reading →

The Craignish Men of Argyll’s 1685 Uprising

The mid-17th century was a tumultuous period in the history of Scotland. Between 1639 and 1651 Scottish soldiers participated in the Bishops' Wars, the Scottish Civil War, the Irish Confederate Wars and a series of English Civil Wars. These complex and interwoven conflicts ultimately led to the execution of Charles I, the establishment of a... Continue Reading →

The Dardanelles, Greenock

One of the earliest memories I have of my Grandfather is walking with him through the small lane in the West-end of Greenock known as 'the Dardanelles'. I can still remember him explaining to me that the Dardanelles was where a great battle took place against the Turks. He was of course referring to the... Continue Reading →

Frederick Douglass in Greenock

Frederick Douglass is a towering figure of American History. Escaping slavery in 1838, he became one of the great social reformers, passionately advocating for the end of slavery and the emancipation of African-Americans, women and others who were marginalised from the American political system. He was known to be a gifted orator and he presented... Continue Reading →

The Loch Indaal Tragedy of 1879

Over the centuries nearly every coastal town and island community in Scotland has experienced a loss of life as a result of a maritime tragedy. We can read about Scottish history from the ancient times right up until the present day and find stories of shipwrecks, drownings and of lucky survivors. Some of these events... Continue Reading →

Demolished Heritage

One of the things I enjoy most about genealogy is being able to visit places associated with my family and to know that I am standing on the very spot that they once stood. I'm aware that some people don't understand the appeal of this, but we family historians often afford ourselves these moments of sentimentality and reflection. Genealogy is ultimately a... Continue Reading →

Stirling John Rogerson and the 59th Battalion AIF

My Step-Dad's family are about as quintessentially Australian as you can get - they play cricket, love their footy and speak with the rhyming slang of the Aussie accent. During the process of researching a little about this Australian branch of the family, I was to discover that their Australian credentials are actually deeper and much more important than... Continue Reading →

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