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Visit to Dumfries House

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Charlotte-Rostek-wHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust organised a very successful visit for members and friends to Dumfries House and Aiket Castle on Wednesday June 8 2011.

As promised when Charlotte Rostek Davis (pictured) spoke to the Trust, the special visit was arranged to see the historic Dumfries House, near Cumnock, now reopened by HRH The Prince of Wales, Great Steward of Scotland, after a major refurbishment.

Charlotte, the former Hill House curator who is now at Dumfries House, greeted the party with her husband Mike, the recently retired reference librarian at Helensburgh Library, and gave a talk before lunch in the new cafe in the old coach house.

She said: "The house is looking absolutely fabulous. The chairs and sofas have been re-upholstered and covered in finest silks, and the four poster bed has been restored to its original magnificence."

In the afternoon the party visited Aiket Castle, Dunlop, which has been restored by Robert Clow from the burnt-out shell of an ancient tower house, and toured the beautiful gardens created by Katrina Clow.

The coach trip, organised by Trust company secretary and treasurer John Johnston, cost £36 per person, with reductions for members of The Art Fund and of Historic Scotland.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 September 2011 07:26 )  

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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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