Colquhoun Square Bicentenary Cross

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bicentenary_monumentA CELTIC Cross, marking Helensburgh's Bicentenary, was unveiled in Colquhoun Square in 2005. 

Created by Ronnie Paton of J.Paton Monumental Sculptors, Alexandria, it had been first suggested in 2002 as part of the bicentenary celebrations, but it took three years to raise the necessary funds by public subscription.

monument-16The original centenary cross on the opposite quadrant of the square had been gifted by Sir James Colquhoun of Luss as part of the centenary celebrations, and it was felt appropriate by Helensburgh Heritage Trust to mark the 200 years since the town received its burgh Charter in a similar way.

Stewart Noble, chairman of the Trust, unveiled the Cross in front of an invited audience of members, and interested members of the public.

A short act of dedication was conducted by the Rev David Clark, minister of the West Kirk.

Councillor Billy Petrie, convener of Argyll and Bute Council to whom ownership of the cross has been passed, spoke on behalf of the Council, and then presided over a civic reception in the West Kirk Hall.

The cross lists all the Provosts who served the Burgh — from Henry Bell to Norman M.Glen C.B.E. Around 70 people attended the ceremony.

Stewart Noble is pictured (above right) shaking hands with Ronnie Paton in front of the cross, and (lower right) with Provost Billy Petrie — addressing a good attendance of members and guests — and the Rev. David Clark.

  • Photos by Donald Fullarton
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:55 )  

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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