Scotland’s First Minister with military escort at Govan.

Govan is now part of Glasgow in the West of Scotland although the district has a long history stretching back to the 8th century AD and probably much earlier.

Summary facts and information:

  • Population about 30,000.
  • Located on south bank of the River Clyde, slightly west of Glasgow city.
  • An important shipbuilding centre from the early industrial period through to the current day.¬† Although civilian shipbuilding has long finished there remains a healthy military sector under aegis of BAE Systems.
  • Govan Old Parish Church occupies a Christian site dating back up to 1500 years. Within the building can be found the famous¬†Govan Carved Stones which date from the 9th-11th centuries AD and reflect the merging of various cultures which was in process at the time.
  • Visitors can connect with the commercial shipbuilding history through a visit to the Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre.
  • In central Govan the Pearce Institute is a community resource named after Sir William Pearce, a shipbuilding magnate of the 19th century.
  • The riverside location offers good views of the Riverside Museum opposite and Glasgow.

Centre of Govan and Linthouse Parish Church

Early medieval sarcophagus at Govan Old Church.

Govan Old Parish Church

Clyde waterfront from Govan

Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre

Govan Graving Docks. (Awaiting redevelopment)

Pearce Institute, Govan

Statue of shipping magnate, Sir William Pearce

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