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Land of the Free1215 viewsA scene from the Hermitage Academy production of 'Land of the Free', one of the sketches in a school concert entitled 'Conducted Tour" which ran for three nights in March 1969. It was the brainchild of deputy rector John Robertson. Elizabeth Burns is seen as Lady Macbeth.
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Rhu School 1909-101203 views
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View from pier 19011195 viewsThis view from the pierhead looking up Colquhoun Street was taken in 1901, but it is not known why a large crowd had gathered and what they were looking at. The shops are Robert Brown's wines and spirits and Lachlan McLachlan's very popular bakery. In 1929 the building which housed the two shops was demolished to allow the National Bank of Scotland to be built, and Lachlan McLachlan moved his business to Garelochhead where he worked until his death in 1951. Image supplied by Pat Drayton.
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Hermitage School Class 19461188 viewsBack: Douglas McFarlane, Drew Kelly, Nevill Moffat, Ian Cairns (who supplied image), Billy McCubbin, ?, Ross Porteous, Donald McAulay (now Lord McAulay); 2nd back: ?, Brian Wilson, Tony Bird, Fergus Balfour, Ronnie Sneddon, George McKenzie, ?, Brian McIlwraith; 3rd back: ?, Brian Drever, ?, Pat Templeton, ?, Sheena McNeil, Margaret Sorley, ?, Grace Watt; seated: ?, Mary Todd, Valerie Smith, ?, Jessie McKinley, Marion Dixon, Ann Spy, Betty Williamson; front: ?, Alex Green, Charlie Lyon, Allister McArthur, Ian Trail.
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Larchfield School 19561184 viewsHeadmaster Stephen Hutchinson with the staff and pupils of the Colquhoun Street school in the summer of 1956.
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St Bride's School1177 viewsSt Bride's School for girls at 10 Stafford Street, which was founded in 1895. In 1977 it merged with Larchfield School for boys to become Lomond School. The St Bride's building was largely destroyed in an overnight fire in 1997, but was rebuilt to house the senior and top primary pupils.
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Larchfield School1176 viewsLarchfield Academy (often called Larchfield School) was a preparatory school for boys in Colquhoun Street, founded in 1858. Among its famous pupils were author Sir James Frazer and TV inventor John Logie Baird. In the late 1920s and early 1930s Cecil Day-Lewis and W.H.Auden taught there briefly. The school merged with St Bride's School for Girls in 1977 to form Lomond School. In 1998 Larchfield was sold to Cala Homes who converted into 11 flats and built 14 new flats at the rear.
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The Coronation Trees1173 viewsHelensburgh pupils planted trees to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. This Larchfield and St Bride's Schools — now Lomond School — group planted their tree on Stafford Street at James Street. From left: Heather Reid, Sheila Thom, Christopher Grieve, Catherine Burnet, Barbara Miller, Andrew Nicholson, Judith Read, the late Pat Wright, Hilda Dow, unknown girl, Susan Billings, Diana Heron, Hamish Brownlie, Alistair Martin, Donald Fullarton, the late Alan Miller.
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Knockderry Castle, Cove1167 viewsBuilt on the site of a Danish fort about 1855 to the design of the famous architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Knockderry Castle at Cove became the family home of the Templeton carpet manufacturing family. In 1896-7 another famous architect, William Leiper, designed an extension and a lodge for John Templeton, and a famous guest of his at the castle was millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. For some years a hotel, it is now a private residence again. Image circa 1912.
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1976 Hermitage Primary1159 viewsA class of Hermitage Primary School pupils in 1976. Image supplied by Jenny Sanders.
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Former Pupils Dance1152 viewsA Hermitage School Former Pupils Dance in the 1940s. Among those in the picture are headmaster Jimmy Bell, Robin Spy and Stanley Brown. Image supplied by Iain McCulloch.
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Local Notre Dame pupils1134 viewsFive girls from the Helensburgh area, aged 14 or 15, who attended the then Notre Dame High School in Dumbarton around 1950. They are the late Betty Mundie with Margaret Huxtable at the back, and in front Gwen King, who supplied the image, Helen Healey and Irene Cullinan, all from Helensburgh except Margaret who lived in Arrochar.
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