(1736 - 1819)
Hamish Mac Cunn
Born July 9 1936
Captain William Kidd
Privateer & Suspected Pirate
Captain William kidd was born in Greenock, Inverclyde in around 1645.
He was a Scottish sailor and privateer. During 16th & 17th Centuries
privateers would reap a percentage of their plunders giving the rest to the
crown thus enjoying a successful trade the world over. Privateers were in
essence privately owned warships, but with permission to attack other ships
to steal bounty & goods.
Captain Kidd gained a fearsome reputation as a plundering pirate , but
many believe this is an unjust characterisation. Captain Kidd was eventually
sentenced to death for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian
Some say that Captain Kidd`s demise was simply due to bad luck as at the
time he set sail as a Privateer / Pirate , the rules had changed , outlawing
privateering and he became an outlaw.
Captain William Kidd was hanged on May 23, 1701. The first rope put
around this neck broke so he had to be strung up a second time. His corpse
was placed in a gibbet at the mouth of the Thames River and left to rot, as
an example to other would-be pirates.
After his death his legend grew and there are several tales of "Captain
Kidd`s" treasure, spurned by such books as Robert Louis Stevenson`s
(1736 - 1819)
Inventor & Mechanical Engineer
James Watt was born in Greenock, Inverclyde in 1736. It is no
exaggeration to say that he is by far Inverclyde`s most famous resident.
James Watt was an inventor and mechanical engineer, whose changes to
the newcomen steam engine revolutionised the world and helped catalyse
the industrial revolution.
James`s father was a shipwright , ship owner and contractor- his mother
came from a distinguished family and was well educated.
Watt did not attend school on a regular basis and in his early years was
educated at home by his mother Agnes.
Watt had an aptitude for mathematics and showed great manual
dexterity. When he was 18 his mother died and his father`s health
declined, he travelled to London to study before returning to Glasgow
intent on setting up his own mathematical instrument-making business.
Watt was a brilliant inventor & engineer with many accolades to his name.
His legacy still lives on both locally and on the inside of light bulbs,
wattage (Watt) , being named after him. James Watt College was also
named after him , along with Watt street in Greenock and the Watt library.
Famous Inverclyde Locals-Greenock, Gourock, Port Glasgow,
Inverkip,Wemyss Bay, Kilmacolm
John Caird was born in Greenock, Inverclyde and educated in
Glasgow. He joined the church of Scotland and became one of
their most eloquent preachers. After spending time as a minister
in the country and in Edinburgh he later transferred to Glasgow
to become Professor of divinity in and in 1873 he later went on to
He gave a sermon on "religion on common life", to an audience
including Queen Victoria, which made him well known throughout
the protestant world.
His brother , Edward , was the famous Philosopher , a fellow
William Quarrier was born in Greenock, Inverclyde but relocated to Glasgow
when his father dies when he was aged 3. William experienced an impoverished
upbringing, living in the squalor that was systemic within the Glasgow slums at the
time. Although being a wealthy city there were many living in horrid conditions. He
began his working life aged just 6 working in an old pin maker and then later as an
At age 17 he went on to work as a shoemaker and began attending the Blackfriars
Baptist Church where he became a Christian. He soon owned 3 shops and married
his wife Isabella and was blessed with 4 children.
Through hard work , sheer determination William carved out a successful life for
himself and his family from impoverished beginnings. William wanted to make a
difference to the lives of homeless and orphaned children from an early age and
went on to set up a children's village, "Quarriers". The Quarriers village was a
place where poor children from the towns and cities of Scotland might enjoy a new
life in cottage homes, under the supervision of house fathers and house mothers.
The success was phenomenal and over the next 20 years, the Orphan Homes
developed as a self contained community comprising over 40 children's cottages,
Mount Zion Church, a large school, a fire station, workshops, farms and other
Edward Caird was born in Greenock,
Inverclyde and was the younger brother of the
philosopher John. He was educated at both
Glasgow and Oxford University where he
became fellow and tutor at Merton College. In
1866 he was appointed to the chair of Moral
philosophy at Glasgow University , a position he
held until 1893. He later went on to become
Master Balliol College until he retired in 1907.
His more important works include Critical
Philosophy of Kant (1877), Hegel (1883),
Evolution of Religion, Social Philosophy and
Religion of Comte (1885), and Evolution of
Theology in the Greek Philosophers (1904).
Hamish Mac Cunn
Hamish Mac Cunn was born in Greenock, Inverclyde, the son of a shipowner and educated at the Royal College of Music. His
teachers included Sir Hubert Parry and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. MacCunn's first success was with the overture The Land of the
Mountain and the Flood in 1887 at the Crystal Palace, and this (which remains far and away his best-known piece) was followed by
other compositions, with a characteristic Scottish colouring.
Mac Cunn married Alison Pettie, daughter of John Pettie who had painted MacCunn's portrait several times. They had one son
together. A hectic programme of composing, conducting and teaching brought about a gradual deterioration in MacCunn's health, and
he died aged only 48.
William Wallace was born in Greenock, Inverclyde , he studied
ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow, and in Vienna and Paris
becoming a qualified ophthalmic surgeon before he decided to study
music at the Royal Academy in London in 1889.Wallace was greatly
influenced by Liszt, and was an early composer of symphonic poems
in Britain. His work includes a symphonic poem based on his
namesake (the freedom fighter William Wallace) entitled Sir William
He also wrote several books on music, including The Musical Faculty
(1914), The Threshold of Music (1908) and biographies on Wagner
and Liszt. He was appointed secretary of the Royal Philharmonic
Society from 1911 to 1913, at the time the society received its royal
appointment. Wallace later served as Dean of the Faculty of Music in
the University of London.
During the First World War he served as inspector of ophthalmic units
in Eastern Command, at the rank of Captain.
Richard Wilson OBE
Born July 9 1936
Actor ,Theatre Director & Broadcaster
Richard Wilson (Ian Colquhoun Wilson) OBE was born in Greenock, Inverclyde and is better known as his alter ego Victor
Meldrew in the hit BBC sitcom "One Foot in the Grave". Wilson is an actor , theatre director and broadcaster. He was educated
in Greenock and completed his national service with the Royal Army medical Corps, serving in Singapore. Wilson worked in a
laboratory at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow as a research scientist before turning his talents to acting at the age of 27.
Wilson trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh , Glasgow and
Manchester. In 1994 Wilson was awarded his OBE for services to drama as both a director and actor. In April 1996, he was
elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years.
Wilson is a well loved TV personality and enjoys continued success
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