Scottish Gaelic Baile a 'Ghobhainn
|ZIP code section||G51|
|Part of the country||Scotland|
|British Parliament||Glasgow South West|
|Scottish Parliament||Glasgow Southside , Glasgow Pollok|
Govan ( Scottish Gaelic : Baile a 'Ghobhainn ) is a district and former Burgh in the southwest part of the Scottish city of Glasgow . Govan is located about four kilometers west of Glasgow city center on the south bank of the River Clyde opposite the confluence of the River Kelvin into the Clyde and the District Partick. It used to be a center of coal mining and the textile industry.
The sculpture stones by Govan in the parish church are worth seeing .
In 1843 Robert Napier built his first iron ship here. The shipyard he founded came into the possession of Harland & Wolff in 1912 and was closed in 1962. In 1860, with Fairfield Shipbuilders, another large shipyard was founded in Govan , which built numerous large ships for the Royal Navy , but also large passenger ships such as the Empress of Canada (1920) and which was incorporated into the Govan Shipbuilders group in 1972 . Today it belongs to BAE Systems and the VT Group . The Govan Graving Docks ( dry docks for ship repairs), built between 1869 and 1898 and closed in 1988, are to be restored.
Govan's sons and daughters
- James Hedderwick (1814–1897), poet, journalist and newspaper publisher
- William Bowie (1869-1934), football player
- John Dick (1930-2000), West Ham United football player
- Bill Martin (actually: William Wylie Macpherson; 1938–2020), songwriter, music publisher and impresario
- Gordon Wilson (1938-2017), politician
- Patricia Godman (1939–2019), politician
- Alex Ferguson (* 1941), football player and coach of Manchester United from 1986 to 2013
People related to Govan
- George MacLeod, Baron MacLeod of Fuinary (1895–1991), clergyman and founder of the Iona Community in Govan
- Kenny Dalglish (* 1951), soccer player and coach, grew up in Govan
- Information from the Scottish Parliament
- Info on www.clydewaterfront.com , accessed September 15, 2017.