John Galt (1779-1839) is perhaps one of Greenock's most
famous inhabitants - chiefly known as a novelist and poet.
Although he was born in Irvine, his family moved to Greenock
when he was young, and he died here after a life spent in many other parts of
Britain and abroad. There are several
plaques commemorating him in the town.
This plaque is on the wall of a building on the corner of
Westburn Street and West Blackhall Street and marks the place where the house
in which he died once stood.
John Galt is buried in the Inverkip Street Cemetery in Greenock. This plaque is at the entrance to the
cemetery. He is buried along with other
family members - his parents and sister.
The grave is beautifully kept.
Galt is also commemorated by a fountain on the Esplanade at
the bottom of Roseneath Street . This
was the idea of Allan Park Paton, former librarian of Greenock.
Unfortunately, the metal plate of his profile has been
stolen by vandals. Let's hope that a
replacement will be put in place soon.
This is what should be in that space!
John Galt was a remarkable man. I'll be writing much more about him in later