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Long-serving early headmaster

THE teacher at the so-called Helensburgh Ragged School from its origins in 1851 until its demise in the wake of the Education (Scotland) Act of 1872 was George Mair.

Shortly afterwards, however, with the school now under State control and re-designated Grant Street Public School, George Mair continued as headmaster until his retirement in 1898. So he served as head of a Helensburgh school for 47 years — a remarkable achievement by any reckoning.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 August 2012 16:44 )

 

Outstanding problem solver

A MATHEMATICIAN from Helensburgh is considered to have been one of the outstanding problem-solvers of 20th century maths.

John Hammersley, who was born in Morefield, Granville Street, on March 21 1920, formulated many problems of significance for theoretical and applied science, and made remarkable progress towards their solutions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:59 )

Maths professor at 33

A HELENSBURGH man who became a professor of mathematics at the age of 33 was the author of important mathematical books and a key figure in establishing maths in Australia.

Horatio Scott Carslaw, ScD, DSc, LLD, FRS, was born in the burgh on February 12 1870, the fifth son of Free Church minister and religious author the Rev William Henderson Carslaw DD and his wife Elizabeth, and educated at Glasgow Academy where his talent was identified.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 09:30 )

Susie and her Castle

BORN Susan McGlone in 1847, Susie, 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, but also much further afield as well.

Susie's personality alone would probably have been enough to make her a local celebrity, but the extra factor that ensured her a place in the hall of fame lay in the fact that home was an upturned boat.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 March 2011 11:22 )

Jim McColl: Gardening Guru

THE son of a Helensburgh parks superintendent grew up to become the best known face in Scottish horticulture.

Gardening expert James H.McColl, MBE, known to all as Jim, is the long-serving presenter of the BBC TV series The Beechgrove Garden.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 09:35 )

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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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