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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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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 26 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 26 — 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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Scottish Charity
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