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Travelling man of many talents

ONE of the last and most famous of the older generation of Scottish travelling people was born in Helensburgh in 1910.

Willie MacPhee was born when his mother and father were doing casual farm work around the town, planting the potato crop. Both his parents were natives of West Dunbartonshire and belonged to one of the biggest of the travelling clans, found all over the west of Scotland.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 14:06 )

 

1895 article on Percy Pilcher

SATURDAY January 16 2010 was the 144th anniversary of the birth of aviation pioneer Percy Sinclair Pilcher, whose early experiments in gliding were undertaken in fields at Cardross.

Percy used the fields of the thriving Wallacetown and Auchensail Farms for his experiments with three different gliders between 1893 and 1896.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 May 2010 16:45 )

Sea captain and novelist

ONE of Helensburgh's most famous residents for almost 20 years had the unusual distinction of being both a sea captain and a successful novelist.

Captain (later Sir) David William Bone, Kt., C.B.E., LL.D., lived from 1915-34 at Underwood, 9 Lower Sutherland Crescent and had an astonishing and varied career.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:37 )

Student became child health expert

A BRILLIANT young student from Helensburgh went on to play a major role in child health in both Britain and India.

Dagmar Florence Curjel, who lived at Daneholm, 37 Campbell Street, matriculated to study medicine at Glasgow's Queen Margaret College in 1909, and built up a glittering academic record.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 14:12 )

Arrochar couple's gift to Glasgow

ONE of Glasgow’s best known landmarks is the Mercat Cross in the south east corner of the Merchant City – and it was the gift of an Arrochar couple.

William G.Black, CBE, LLD, FSA, JP, who was senior partner in a firm of city solicitors and was Deacon of the Trades House of Glasgow in 1916-17, presented the Cross in 1930 to replace a similar one which had been removed in 1659.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:43 )

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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 on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.