IN the early days the men elected to run Helensburgh Town Council were required to attend church. If they didn't, they were fined — something that early officials seemed to prefer to do.
There are recollections of how justice was carried out, frequently in Jamie Colquhoun's pub, in the Old Granary Malt House. Fines imposed did not always leave the pub to go into the town coffers.
On one occasion two men were brought before a Bailie in a room above the pub, charged with fighting. The baillie thought this was a trifling matter, and sent the men outside to "finish their discussions".