200 Years of Helensburgh

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HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust published this book in May 2002 to mark the bicentenary of the burgh.

It is a handsome hard-backed book with many original illustrations by local artist Neil Macleod, many colour reproductions of oil and watercolour paintings, current photographs by Donald Fullarton and Neil MacLeod, and reproductions of photographs going back to the early days of photography.

There are 19 chapters, each covering a different aspect of the area and its people and each written by a member of the Trust.

The editor was Stewart Noble, chairman of the Trust, and current Trust president Professor Malcolm Baird, son of John Logie Baird, wrote a feature about his father. The late Jimmy Logan OBE, the previous Trust president, contributed an article about entertainer Jack Buchanan.

This is not a book to be picked up lightly like a novel. It is really a reference book which covers a wide range of subjects. The authors have a wealth of knowledge about their subjects and all the facts have been meticulously checked, not only by the authors but also by the editors.

The book has sold very well. It is still available from the Trust and local bookshops, and requests to buy it still keep coming in from both home and overseas. In March 2007 Stewart Noble completed a list of corrections and further details, and this can be seen in this section of the website.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 16:28 )  

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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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