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Kilmahew Castle987 viewsKilmahew Castle at Cardross was built on land granted to the Napier family by Malcolm, the Earl of Lennox, around 1290. The castle, originally a four-storey 16th century tower house, was built in the 16th century by the Napiers, who owned it until 1820. The estate had to be sold to pay off the last Laird's gambling debts.The ruins were acquired by the Archdiocese of Glasgow, with the surrounding estate, in 1948, and the now derelict St Peter's Priests Training College was built nearby. Image date unknown.
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Knockderry Castle, Cove985 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 1970.
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Hermitage Secondary 1B 1956981 viewsBack row: Colin McCallum, X, Ian McAulay, X, Jim Jack, X, X, David Galloway, X, Alastair McIntyre, X; 2nd back row: Irene McLaren, X, X, Helen Murdoch, X, X, Janet Fagan, Jean Crook, X, X; 2nd front row: X, X, Lindsay Malan,X, X, X, X, X, X; front row: Jim Graham, Andrew Watt, X, Robert Cameron. Image supplied by Jim Graham. More names would be welcomed.
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The Swimming Pool980 viewsHelensburgh's outdoor pool. Undated, possible the 1960s.
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Ferry Inn, Rosneath978 viewsThe Edwin Lutyens-designed Ferry Inn was commissioned by Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise, the Dowager Duchess of Argyll, in the 1890s and rebuilt from an old pub. Bob Hope stayed there while entertaining troops at the nearby World War Two naval base. It fell into disuse, but was rebuilt again in the late 1950s by boatbuilder Peter Boyle. Image is undated.
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Ardenconnel House975 viewsA B-listed mansion in Rhu, built by the Buchanan family in the late 18th century. Ardenconnel was one of the principal estates of the old parish of Row. It was bought in 1899 by the Countrywide Holidays Association, and by 1908 could accommodate 120 guests. The CHA is the oldest walking holiday company in the country, set up in 1893 to encourage participation in, and enjoyment of, the countryside, and to this day, while no longer operating walking holidays, is still working hard to fulfil the vision of founder the Rev T.A.Leonard. The mansion was later converted into modern flats. Date unknown.
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Helensburgh's Oldest House966 viewsThe town's oldest house is Drumfork House at Colgrain, which stood beside the path on which cattle were driven from Loch Lomondside to the Drumfork Ferry to be taken to market at Greenock. The house, which is at the east end of East King Street beyond the railway arch, was for a time the home of Colonel George Findlay V.C., a World War One hero. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Clyde Street School class 1953965 viewsBack row: Jim Graham, Donald Scott, X, Ronnie McLean, X, X, X, X; 2nd back row: X, Campbell Mackie, X, X, X, X, James Spalding, X; middle row: Sheila Somerville, Pauline Aitken, Janet Fagan, Rae Dennett, X, Molly Oswald, X, Catriona McKinnon, X; 2nd front row: Avril Johnston(e) X, X, X, X, Marilyn White, X, X, Sylvia Gilchrist, X; front row: X, X, X, Charlie McGoldrick,, X, Rae Dewar, Netta Adamson. Image supplied by Jim Graham. More names would be welcomed.
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Hermitage School girls 1943-4963 viewsWartime class. Back: Kathleen and Margaret Morrison, Grace Ewing, Betty Cornish, Alison Grant, Chrissie McKinley, Mary Gall; third: Elsie Arnott, Catriona Cockburn, Marjory McKay, Jessie Ronald, Jean Spy, Betty McKay, Denise McGuire, Fiona McAlpine; second: two Belgian refugees, Una Barr, Sheila Cameron, Barbara Stanton, Nance McCaw, Marie ?, Sylvia Jane and Margaret McDonald; front: Sheila Cowan, Cathie Hine, Norma Anton, Fiona McKellar, Lillian Robertson, Frances Marshall, ? McGruer, Adaline Stevenson.
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Cairndhu and Ferniegair962 viewsTwo of Helensburgh's biggest mansions, Cairndhu and, on the right, Fergiegair — home of the Kidston family and demolished in the 1960s. Cairndhu was built in 1871 by architect William Leiper for John Ure, then Provost of Glasgow, and Ferniegair was built in 1869 by architect John Honeyman. Behind is Ardencaple Quadrant, built originally to house those who had been injured in the First World War. Image supplied by Alistair Quinlan, circa 1945.
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Academy opening960 viewsProvost William Petrie OBE JP DL of Argyll and Bute Council, a former pupil who met his wife Jean at the original Hermitage School, officially opens the second Hermitage Academy at Colgrain on June 4 2008, watched by headmaster Geoff Urie.
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Ardencaple Castle952 viewsOnly one tower still remains of this ancient seat of the Clan MacAulay. Image from a postcard dated 1901.
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