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Garelochhead boy was Secretary of State

A BOY whose parents ran a hotel at Garelochhead grew up to have a colourful and successful career in journalism and politics before his premature death at the age of 48.

Hector McNeill was born at the Temperance Hotel in the village’s main street on March 10 1907, and went on to become Secretary of State for Scotland.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 19:17 )

 

Last Laird of Coll died in burgh

AN Australian’s search for where a celebrated ancestor was buried led him to Helensburgh.

John McClean believes the last resting place of Hugh MacLean, the 16th and last Laird of the island of Coll, may be one of the local cemeteries.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 December 2010 17:47 )

Rosneath man founded university

ONE of Garelochside’s most famous and colourful sons was known as Jolly Jack Phosphorus and invented a six pound gun . . .

But, much more importantly, he was the man who founded a Glasgow educational institution which became the University of Strathclyde.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 November 2010 15:58 )

Susie — the family sequel

ONE of the great characters of Helensburgh and district history is Susie, of Susie’s Castle fame, and in the summer of 2010 new information and pictures came to light.

Born Susan McGlone in 1847, Susie — or Suzie or Suzy, as her name was sometimes spelled — was a well-known character, not only at Portincaple, where she lived for many years until her death on January 20 1929, but also much further afield as well.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 August 2012 17:18 )

Political rebel who loved Loch Long

A VICTORIAN rebel who led a colourful and controversial life found the peace and quiet he longed for to recharge his batteries beside Loch Long.

The village of Portincaple was the regular holiday home of Charles Bradlaugh MP, who was born on September 23 1833 and died on January 30 1891.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2010 09:52 )

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First Winter Open Meeting

Melissa-Simpson-wA new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Melissa Simpson will talk on 'Hermitage Park: past, present and future'.

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 in 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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