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HELENSBURGH’S historic Hill House will soon be open for business — despite the erection of a box over the building.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh mansion in Upper Colquhoun Street is undergoing phase one of a pioneering conservation programme.

THE fascinating history of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club at Rhu will be the topic at the final Heritage Trust winter open meeting of the 2018-19 season.

HELENSBURGH features twice in the latest edition of a show business magazine.

‘Stagedoor’ is the newsletter of The Scottish Music Hall & Variety Theatre Society, which is in its 40th anniversary year and incorporates The Sir Harry Lauder Society.

HER Royal Highness Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, had a huge impact on Helensburgh and Garelochside, where she lived in Rosneath Castle and loved the beauty and quietness of the Gareloch.

The area provided a haven for her in her later years after a fascinating and busy earlier life inevitable for a daughter of Britain’s longest serving monarch from 1837-1901.

HELENSBURGH has always prided itself that a Prime Minister came from the burgh, despite the fact that he is known as “The Unknown Prime Minister”.

A Conservative, the Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law MP occupied 10 Downing Street for just 209 days in 1922-23, succeeding the much better known Liberal, David Lloyd George, who had served from 1916-22.

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967 at the age of 77.

HIS is a name well known in Glasgow . . . because of a decision he made at his Coulport home.

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens beside the city’s Great Western Road marvel at the huge Kibble Palace greenhouse, but it was first erected on the shores of Loch Long.

THREE SETS of stained glass windows from the demolished St Bride’s Church are displayed in Helensburgh Library . . . but only two of them are memorials.

The windows — all the work of artist Viola Paterson — were found by Helensburgh Heritage Trust and restored by Scotland’s leading glass artist Brian Hutchison in 2001.

ROSNEATH was the starting point of one of the most unusual stories ever of a person’s disappearance. It happened in 1924 — and was never solved.

Margaret Maclaren, wife of Wilfred F.E. de Bois Maclaren, was — to say the least — a colourful and controversial character.

CANOEING on Loch Lomond provided a fascinating talk and great pictures at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s February Open Meeting on Wednesday evening.

The well attended meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street enjoyed a presentation given by Trust director Robert Ryan and his canoeing partner, Ritchie Forrester.

EARLY Clyde steamer dramas, a World War One officer who was married a week after he died, and the work of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu during World War Two all featured at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s latest open meeting.

A  good attendance at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Wednesday evening January 30 was welcomed by Trust chairman the Rev David Clark, who invited three other Trustees — Stewart Noble, Donald Fullarton and Geoff Tompson — to give short talks.

THE REAL peace keepers of the Cold War were the navymen of the Faslane-based nuclear deterrent submarines.

That is the belief of former Commodore Clyde Eric Thompson MBE who spoke to members of Helensburgh Heritage Trust in the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday evening.

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We hope you find it simple to navigate, with over 1,150 articles, a Photo Gallery with 1,932 images in 22 albums, letters, downloads, and links to weblinks. Contributions are welcome, and should be emailed using Contact Us.

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Helensburgh Heritage Centre

See the Heritage Trust heritage display cases at Helensburgh Library during opening hours: Monday 1-8pm; Tuesday 9.30am-5pm; Wednesday 9.30am-5pm; Thursday 1-8pm; Friday 1-5pm; Saturday 9.30am-5pm.
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2018-19 Winter Open Meetings

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War
Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement
Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past
Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe
Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story
Meetings, open to all, are held in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm.

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