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Whistler's Glen840 viewsIllegal distilling was a feature in the Gareloch area until about 1830, and Whistler's Glen above Rhu was so named from the practice of signalling the approach of the Gauger or Exciseman. There was also a legitimate distillery at the foot of Whistler's Burn where Aldonaig now stands.
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Badminton champions839 viewsHelensburgh and District badminton championships winners, circa 1960. Back row: ?, ?, ?, ?, Morag Carslaw, ?, ?, ?, ?, Johnny Sharp, Alan Miller, Tommy Stewart; front row: ?, ?, Isobel Campbell, Robert Watt, ?, ?. More names would be welcome.
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Olympic Medalist Bobby MacGregor839 viewsHelensburgh-born Scottish and British champion and world record holder Bobby MacGregor gave a demonstration swim at the Helensburgh Swimming Club Gala in the outdoor pool in August 1964. Son of a former burgh pondmaster, he went on to take silver in the 100 metres freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics a few weeks later.
Now an architect, Bobby moved to Helensburgh some years ago.
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Crimea lounge839 viewsThe lounge of Crimea at Portincaple, full of paintings by eminent artist James Kay RSA RSW who lived there for 33 years and worked in a studio in Glasgow. It 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 on the walls of the main entrance. Image date unknown.
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1914 New Year Swim838 viewsFive swimmers dry off on the pier after the Helensburgh New Year Swim. Image supplied by Iain McCulloch.
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Helensburgh's Last Provost837 viewsThe late Norman Glen CBE, the burgh's last Provost, plants a tree in Hermitage Park in November 2001, assisted by his daughters, Mrs Mary Pat Smith and Mrs Nancy Jackson. It replaced one he originally planted to mark the end of his term of office as Provost in 1975. The occasion helped to mark the launch of Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust, formed by people anxious to preserve the burgh's treescape.
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Craigendoran Pier835 viewsAll aboard at Craigendoran Pier — passengers from the boat train board the steamer Marmion for a trip 'doon the watter', circa 1930. In the background is the now demolished Craigendoran signal box. Image supplied by Campbell Neil.
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Official Opening834 viewsThe Helensburgh seafront putting green is officially inaugurated and opened by Provost Duncan in 1925. At the time, the cost of a round was three pence.
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Helensburgh from above833 viewsA view of Helensburgh from above the Highlandman's Road, as a steamer makes it way to Craigendoran Pier. Image date unknown.
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Ardencaple Castle832 viewsA 1915 view of Ardencaple Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan MacAulay. All but one tower of the building was demolished in 1957, and a naval housing estate was built on the site.
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Camis Eskan Market Garden830 viewsPart of the gardens at Camis Eskan during World War Two. Photo by kind permission of Sheila Penny.
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Larchfield 1st XV 1967-8830 viewsThis Larchfield School 1st XV played 15 matches, winning and losing seven and drawing one. Front: David Ferguson, Nigel Barge, Jeremy Russell, Keith Jamieson; middle: Hugh Walker, Michael Hunter, Stewart Piggott (capt), Kenneth Read, Barry Hunter; back: Alan McKenzie, Hamish Berrie, Tom Stewart, David Taylor, Donald Ferguson, Andrew MacFarlane, Stephen Burnhill. Larchfield is now part of Lomond School.
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