Millport Then and Now

Before the days of smartphones and smarter search engines, finding Millport and Cumbrae was difficult unless you knew where to look.  The internet changed all that.  In my research, I literally stumbled over a website with a number of old photographs taken in and around Millport.  The photographs were all taken after the time when James Ford left the Island, probably about 1848.

I cannot verify the original source of the photographs and the painting other than reference them to my source, daimadan dot com.  (If anyone can direct me to the originals they might contact me in due course). The website is worth a look.  It is an extensive site mainly documenting the use of steam vessels up and down the Clyde.  However, there are numerous pages devoted to stories and histories of the Clyde region.  An interesting read for the historian.

Millport pier and harbour (Daimadan).

Millport pier from the back of a departing paddlewheel steamer. The Royal George Inn has another story added. (Daimadan).

Paddlewheel steamers at Millport pier. (Daimadan).

Millport from the West (Daimadan)

Stuart Street from the pier (Daimadan)

Millport about 1830 (Daimadan)

Millport showing rocks in front of Stuart Street and the very small Royal George Inn (Daimadan)

Millport from the East (Daimadan)

This photograph appears to be taken seaward of Guilford Street. (Daimadan)

Millport and Parish Church (Daimadan).

Australia is a big place when compared to Europe.

For those, like me living in a big country, this map might help.

Aerial photos of present-day Millport

Millport from the air. The following photographs were obtained from The name Cambray, Cimbray, or Cimbraes, is said to be derived from Gaelic implying a place of shelter, or refuge: (Island and Parish of Cumbraes by a Friend of Rev. Mr. Henry Graham). The photographs surely show a place of shelter and refuge.


Photo by Canmore


Photo by Canmore.


This aerial photo depicts Cardiff Street front and centre running off the pier. Either side of Cardiff Street and the length of Stuart Street, fronting the sea, can clearly be seen the old narrow ‘falls’ of land given to the mariners of the revenue cutter under the ‘feu plan’ of 1781/2. For more details see The Wright Inheritance page. Photo by Canmore.

Copyright John Ford 2020