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Remembering Fallen of Training Ships

HOW HARD a life was it aboard the Training Ships Cumberland and Empress which were anchored in the Gareloch from 1869 for 54 years?

Opinions have differed in recent years, with written accounts of the hardships of being a boy living aboard contrasting with positive views from relatives of pupils and staff.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:38 )


Rachel Buchanan MBE: an inspiration

TO THIS day, mention the mentally handicapped in Helensburgh and one name comes to mind.

Rachel Buchanan MBE died on May 25 2008, but she remains the inspiration for all who help the charity now called ENABLE.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 19:15 )

Doctor brightened town streets

A BRONZE bust of Dr James Ewing Hunter, MB, CM, FRSGS, JP, stands in the upstairs gallery at Helensburgh Library.

The strongly worked facial features of the bust — presented to the town by his son and daughter David and Margaret — are picked out well by the lighting. But who was Dr Ewing Hunter, and what did he do?

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 December 2014 17:51 )

Mrs Pankhurst spoke in burgh

WHENEVER the topic of the Suffragettes crops up, one person’s name immediately springs to mind — Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst.

As the campaign for votes for women reached fever pitch in the years leading up to the First World War, the militant actions of Mrs Pankhurst and the Suffragettes were headline news up and down the country.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 17:30 )

Cumberland boy became Empress teacher

INFORMATION about the boys training ships Cumberland and Empress which were moored in the Gareloch is quite plentiful . . . but another strand of the story came to light in the autumn of 2014.

It links the two vessels, as it is the story of a ‘boy’ who was trained on the Cumberland and returned to be a member of the staff on board the Empress.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 December 2014 17:14 )

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Next Winter Talk

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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Scottish Charity