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HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust was delighted to fulfil a sixteen-year dream on May 1 with the opening of its Heritage Room in Helensburgh Library in West King Street.

But, although a number of experts on local history were present at the opening reception — the last function presided over by Provost Billy Petrie before his well-earned retirement after 45 years in local government — none could solve a mystery.

Two busts are on display, with one of them instantly recognisable as the burgh’s first Provost, Henry Bell. But no-one knows who the other one is.

Trust honorary member and former reference librarian Mike Davis, who took early retirement last year, made the humorous suggestion that it is Tom Selleck of Magnum fame curiously dressed in a toga.

It certainly looks like the actor, but probably is not!

Mike said: “It came from under a table in the old Rhu Parish Hall along with the bust of Henry Bell and one of Billy Petrie, who had let me know they were all there and suggested I take them to the library.”

Any help in identifying the gentleman would be much appreciated, and you can see him for yourself by visiting the Heritage Room — which is open whenever the library is.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 May 2012 11:31 )  

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Sir-malcolm-colquhoun-wThe next Winter Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 25 at Loch Lomond Golf Club, Luss, at 7.30pm, as guests of Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, when the topic is the Clan Colquhoun.

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 (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • 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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