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Doctor's double claim to fame

HELENSBURGH has been the home of many notable doctors over the years, but one has gone into local history for two quite different reasons. 

Dr Fordyce Messer’s double claim to fame is that his coachman, coach and horse disappeared into the Gareloch, never to be seen again, and he is also responsible for the two ‘devils’ facing St Michael and All Angels Church in William Street.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 October 2011 17:42 )

 

Matron was rabbit expert

ONE of Helensburgh and district’s most remarkable and best known residents for many years died in September 2006 at the age of 90.

Meg Brown was a nurse for 40 years, a war heroine, a natural historian, a writer — and an international expert on rabbits.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 September 2011 10:52 )

GP famous for his white hat

A POPULAR Helensburgh doctor of the past was instantly recognisable because he almost always wore a white hat.

Teacher's son William Robert Sewell, MD, CM, VD, JP, lived in the attractive 19th century villa, Rosemount, 10 West Argyle Street, with its coach house at the rear.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 September 2011 18:53 )

Burgh man was long serving judge

A HELENSBURGH man who was the longest serving judge of the current Scottish bench retired in May 2011.

It was the end of a highly distinguished legal career for 73 year-old Lord Osborne, born Kenneth Hilton Osborne in the burgh in 1937.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 June 2011 15:02 )

Burgh bride's hard life in Canada

THE remarkable story of the life and times of a Helensburgh girl who was taken to Canada as a bride and started a family dynasty features in the first of a series of three books which has now been published. 

It is a labour of love by her grandson, John McLeod, who lives in Toronto, and he took on the project after his mother, Mary Marvin McLeod, died in 2003 at the age of 82 after working on the books since 1980.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:07 )

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Next Open Meeting

Parkhead-wIan McKellar will talk about Parkhead and its garden at Rosneath, which he has restored, at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday November 26 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

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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