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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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2014-15 Winter Talks

The 2014-15 series of Winter Talks begins on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club with a talk by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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