Ferrie Family History
Govan figures prominently in the history of the Stevenson and Coleman
Families, as several generations were born, married and/or died here.
In 1886 Warren Coleman married Hessie Stevenson in Belfast. They must have
moved to Govan before 1895, as all their children were born here.
The place name Govan has been used in many forms throughout history
and is generally accepted as having been derived from the Celtic
'Gowan', or Welsh 'Gofan', signifying 'a smith'. Accordingly, Govan is
'the land of the smiths'. Its coat of arms, established in 1864, is
appropriately Nihil Sine Labore (Nothing Without Work).
During the 1830s, Govan was a small, picturesque village of thatched
cottages whose inhabitants relied mainly on weaving and agriculture for
their livelihoods. After 1840, however, the construction of great
shipyards, engineering works and ancillary industries transformed the
community. The opening of the vast Prince's Dock in 1897 brought more
trade and jobs to Govan and workers who could not find homes in the
Burgh travelled from Glasgow each day, by train, tram, on the numerous
cross-river ferries and on the Glasgow District Subway which opened in 1896.
("The Glasgow Story", click on 'Neighbourhoods' and then 'Govan')
For more about Govan on the Internet, see also
Govan Reminiscence Group
Many families came over from Ireland, to work in the ship-yards.
As R. (SP) says, (see below):
"Practically all the adults in the street are
Irish and the men seem to work in the ship-yards. "