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THE SCOTTISH Place Name Society held its annual conference at the Three Villages Hall in Arrochar on Saturday November 2.

One presentation was about mountain names around Arrochar — based on Pont's early map — one of which is Ben Arthur, or the Cobbler.

Scottish Place-Name Society
Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba

1000–1055  Registration and coffee/tea
1055–1100  Welcome
1100–1150  Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson and Elizabeth Carmichael: Arrochar Place-names and the Hidden Heritage Project
1150–1240  Ronald Black: Place-names in the Dewar Manuscripts
1240–1255  Simon Taylor: Introducing Place-names of the Aird and Strathglass, Inverness-shire, by Simon Taylor with Ronald Maclean and Jake King
1255–1355  Lunch and book launch
1355–1420  Peter Drummond: The Cobbler and his Neighbours: Some Mountain Names around Arrochar
1420–1445  Alison Grant: The Nicolaisen Archive
1445–1515  Alan Cameron: The Place-names in the Poem Flory Loynachan
1515–1545  Bill Stephens: Sneaky Swans: Ealaidh in Place and Tradition
1545–1600  Closing Discussion

  • Photo by Brian Kay.

THE ORIGINS of Helensburgh street names was on the agenda at Helensburgh Heritage Trust's second Winter Open meeting, held at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Wednesday October 30.

The meeting began with the Trust AGM conducted by chairman the Rev David Clark, then former Trust director Sandy Kerr provided an insight into the rich diversity of names given to streets in the burgh.

Writing on the subject in the Trust book '200 Years of Helensburgh', published in 2002, Sandy stated: "There are almost no street names for which we can be sure of an origin as the minutes of the Town Council and successor bodies simply record the decisions and not the reasons behind them.

"In some cases there are a number of perfectly possible justifications for the choice of a name. The real joy of attempting to explain the origins of the names lie in the many unsuspected connections that turn up."

Helensburgh's last Provost, the late Norman M.Glen, in front of the street named after him.

Photo by the late Kenneth Crawford.

A TOURING display from the National Library of Scotland which told the fascinating story of the development of the Scots diet over the past 400 years was on show at Helensburgh Library in October.

It was part of a Scotland-wide tour that aims to introduce the National Library’s collections to people across the country, close to where they live.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER Bob Bird hated doing Home Guard duties at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two. He was not alone.

As a secret establishment RAF Helensburgh provided its own security with RAF personnel supported by all trades.

A HUGELY talented Scottish artist and illustrator spent part of World War One living in Helensburgh and serving as an Admiralty Assistant Overseer Airships at the Inchinnan airfield.

Works by William Russell Flint (later Sir William) became more and more in demand over the years, despite what some critics considered to be crassness in his treatment of the female figure.

THE MYSTERY of two Gareloch steam yachts has been solved by a local expert in the field.

It all began in August when Mary-Jane Selwood of the Anderson Trust Local Collection, which is housed in Helensburgh Library, researched the work of watercolourist Tom Campbell (1865-1943) because one of his works is in the collection.

THE STREET names in Helensburgh have origins which come from a diverse list of sources.

Sandy Kerr revealed some of the sources when he was the speaker at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s second open meeting of the winter season in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday October 30.

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust members had their heads in the clouds at the opening Winter Talk of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday September 25.

They were able to look down from the air on the archaeology of Scotland when Kirsty Millican, aerial survey projects manager of Historic Environment Scotland, spoke at a well-attended meeting in Lomond and Clyde Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

AN EXHIBITION of memorabilia and photographs from the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club has opened in the community area at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

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2019-20 Winter Open Meetings

Wednesday September 25 — Kirsty Millican: Scotland from the Air
Wednesday October 30 — AGM; then Sandy Kerr: Origins of Helensburgh street names
Wednesday November 27 — David Clark: History of Golf Clubs in Lennox
Wednesday January 29 — Richard Williams: National Trust work at Hill House
Wednesday February 26 — Trust members: brief talks on artefacts from the past
Wednesday March 25 — Tony Belk: Coastal defences of the Upper Clyde
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