Gourock  Renfrewshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Gourock like this:

Gourock, town and quoad sacra par., Inverkip par., Renfrewshire, on S. shore of Firth of Clyde, 2 miles below Greenock (with which it has communication by tramway) -- q.s. par. (partly also in Greenock West par.), pop. 4296; town, pop. 3336; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Gourock commands fine views of the Clyde, and is a watering-place and yachting station. ...

It consists of two parts -- Gourock proper, on Gourock Bay, and Ashton, on West Bay. Gourock Bay affords good anchorage for yachts, and has a pier for steamers; West Bay is a capital bathing ground. The Gamble Institute (1876) contains a public library, baths, &c. In vicinity are the seats of Gourock Castle and Gourock House. Of the old castle, held by the Douglases until their forfeiture in 1445, there are no remainns.

Gourock through time

Gourock is now part of Inverclyde district. Click here for graphs and data of how Inverclyde has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Gourock itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gourock, in Inverclyde and Renfrewshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th May 2022

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