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Whistlefield, Gareloch299 viewsAn oil painting by James Kay RSA RSW entitled 'Whistlefield, Gareloch', which in 2014 was valued at £9,500. Kay lived there at Crimea (now Dalriada), Portincaple for 33 years and worked in a studio at 79 West Regent Street, Glasgow. The house belonged to his brother Alec, a shipping office manager. The name was chosen when they moved there in 1909 because his father was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy during the Crimean War, serving in the Black Sea area. James painted an elaborate mural of scenes from the Crimean War on the walls of the main entrance. Image date unknown.Sep 06, 2014
Helensburgh Pier341 viewsAn atmospheric evening image of Helensburgh Pier. Image date unknown.Sep 05, 2014
Inverclyde, Cove442 viewsInverclyde at Cove while it was a Holiday Home run by Glasgow YMCA. Also known as Hartfield House, this Cove mansion was owned at one time by James, Lord Inverclyde, second son of the first Lord Inverclyde, and grandson of Sir George Burns, Bart., founder of the Cunard Line. An enthusiastic yachtsman, he was Vice-Commodore of the Royal Northern Yacht Club at Rhu and a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, president of the Scottish Hockey Association, a cricketer, curler, and tennis player. Later it belonged to his son Alan, the 4th Baron, and then became a YMCA holiday home. The mansion was demolished in the 1960s. Image circa 1913.Sep 05, 2014
Queen's Hotel361 viewsThe Queen's Hotel was originally Baths House, built by Henry Bell, who built Europe's first commercial steamship the Comet in 1812 and was the first Provost of Helensburgh. The building has had many alterations but still stands on East Clyde Street, having been converted into flats. Image date unknown.Sep 05, 2014
Susie's Castle370 viewsSusie lived for 60 years in the upturned fishing smack, her 'castle' on the Loch Long shore at Portincaple, and postcards of her home were sold. In this image she is standing at the door knitting and puffing her clay pipe. Her husband Jamie made a living from fishing, and the creel or basket in the foreground would be used for carrying fish. If he had a good catch, he would barrel it up to Whistlefield Station and take the train to Glasgow for the fish market. Image circa 1912.Sep 05, 2014
The Victoria Infirmary328 viewsA 1908 image of the Victoria Infirmary in East King Street. It was built in 1895 to the design of the celebrated architect William Leiper, remains partly in use today. The gatehouse was demolished some years ago.Sep 05, 2014
Inchmurrin269 viewsThe Loch Lomond island of Inchmurrin. Photo taken in March 2012 and supplied by Robert Ryan.Sep 05, 2014
Loch Lomond273 viewsAn image of Loch Lomond taken from the summit of Ben Bouie in 2012. Photo taken and supplied by Robert Ryan.Sep 05, 2014
Loch Lomond Golf Club358 viewsA postcard picture of the par 5 sixth hole at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss. The course occupies land previously held by Clan Colquhoun and includes the clan's seat of Rossdhu Mansion as its clubhouse. The par 71 7,100 yard course was designed by Tom Weiskopf, was opened in 1993, and has hosted the Scottish Open and the Solheim Cup. Image copyright Brian Morgan.Sep 05, 2014
Ardgartan Youth Hostel281 viewsThe custom-built 82-bed Ardgartan Youth Hostel on Loch Longside, in the Argyll National Forest Park, was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in May 1969, but was closed in 2001 because of low usage and high maintenance costs. It succeeded a previous hostel opened in 1936. Image circa 1977.Sep 05, 2014
Neddy's Point318 viewsAn 1840s image of Neddy's Point — now Kidston Park. It was formerly named Cairndhu Point, and was known locally as Neddy’s Point after a well known fisherman and ferryman who lived in a cottage on the point. On it stood the original Ardencaple Coaching Inn, stone from which was used by the Duke of Argyll to build what is now the Ardencaple Hotel. Image supplied by Doris Gentles.Sep 05, 2014
Hermitage House407 viewsAn image taken not long before the 1963 demolition of Hermitage House in Hermitage Park. Originally the home of the Cramb family, who sold what was then called Cramb Park to the Town Council in 1911 for £3,750, the mansion served as a World War One hospital for the wounded, then became an annexe to Hermitage School. After 1926 it became a council workshop and store. Image supplied by Stewart Noble.Aug 19, 2014
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