Archive Record

Collection Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Catalogue Number LG1
Object Name Fonds
Level of description Fonds
Title Greenock Burgh, records
Date 1733-1975
Creator Greenock Burgh
Dates of Creation 1733-1975
Scope & Content Contains minute books (transcripts and originals) of the burgh town council, 1751-1890, 1892-1903, 1906-1941, 1943-1975;
Minute books for various departments and committees within the burgh, including: Police Board, Water Trust, Town Council, Tramways Committee, School Board, Magistrates committee, Public Health and Public Works committees dating from 1873-1968; Cash books, receipt books, account books, ledgers and financial papers relating to various departments, including Public Health and Works, Town Planning, Housing and general council, also incorporates various committees, schema and plans within the burgh of Greenock, including Police Board, development plans, Water Trust and war damage repairs, some of which also includes correspondence, c.1794-1970;
Abstracts of Accounts, 1836-60, 1858-88, 1922, 1925-1975;
Letter books relating to various departments and posts within the council including: Streets, Public Works, Public Health, Sanitation and also Inspectors, Engineers and Master of Works posts, 1844-1849, 1850-1853, 1857-1866, 1894-1901, 1916-46;
Dean of Guild Court warrants, inspector's reports, register petitions, applications, sederunt books and copy books, 1880-1943, 1952-1956, 1956-1959; harbours, 1704-1777.

Within the collection there are numerous inspection reports, from inspectors of cleansing, health, sanitation, meat, medical officers, veterinary surgeons, property managers, caretakers, weights and measures inspectors, town clerks and gas meter inspectors.

In addition to this some of the reports also relate various committees and departments within the burgh, 1885-1889, 1900-1973; rating assessment rolls, including Water and Prisons assessment, Police, Prison Land's valuation assessments and various special assessments, 1850, 1855-57, 1865-1924, 1926-1931, 1934-45; Abstracts of Accounts, 1836-88, 1922, 1925-1932, 1932-75;

The collection is also made up of large numbers of departmental reports, journals, handbook and registers relating to specific areas in the council, such as health, public works, sanitation, interments and lairs (1850-1971) transport (1870-1901), cleansing, education, judiciary and housing.

These include maintenance registers, notebooks, financial papers, legal documents, plans, diaries and correspondence. Importantly, the collection includes assorted documents and ephemera relating to Police Board, War Damage Committee, burgh elections, the Improvement Fund for the burgh, civil defence and the home fleet on the Clyde. In addition to this there is large number of correspondence, documents and newspaper clippings relating to specific issues such as the opening of cinemas on Sundays, (1947-48) and the papers relating to anti-Italian riots (1940); Also in the collection are a large number of registers of licenses for various trades and specific local businesses, with correspondence.
Extent of Description 77.06m
Admin/Biographical History In 1635 Greenock was created a Burgh of Barony under a charter issued by Charles I. The burgh was later enlarged under acts of Parliament in 1833 and again in 1882. In 1840 Greenock became a Police Burgh, under a local act from 1840, and by general act from 1865. Police burghs were towns which adopted local or national acts of Parliament to adopt an elected town council, which was responsible for policing, paving, lighting and cleansing. In 1930 Greenock became a Large Burgh under the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929 when burghs were divided into counties of cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee), large burghs, and small burghs. In 1975 Greenock Burgh was abolished and the area was merged into Inverclyde District Council which later became Inverclyde Council.
Search Terms Greenock Burgh (1635-1975)
Child Records Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records