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Early justice from Helensburgh's Bailies

IN the early days the men elected to run Helensburgh Town Council were required to attend church. If they didn't, they were fined — something that early officials seemed to prefer to do.

There are recollections of how justice was carried out, frequently in Jamie Colquhoun's pub, in the Old Granary Malt House. Fines imposed did not always leave the pub to go into the town coffers.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:39 )

 

Grey Owl visits burgh

A NORTH American Indian, Grey Owl, spoke to a Helensburgh audience at the Victoria Hall in November 1937, and was well received.

Grey Owl was on tour in Britain, giving talks on his life, on the Canadian wilderness, how native Americans lived etc. Films and documentaries made about him had resulted in him becoming quite a celebrity.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:40 )

Rhu's laughing maids

THE historic Rhu churchyard is associated by many people with Henry Bell, steamship pioneer and Helensburgh's first Provost, whose grave is marked with a large monument and statue.

But nearer the Gareloch there is a most unusual gravestone, and it has a moving story which was uncovered some years ago by Greenock Telegraph woman’s editor Evelyn Raden, who in an article in June 1966 told the sad tale of 'The Three Laughing Maids of Rhu'.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:50 )

Another look at murder trial 150 years on

ONE of the great tales of Scottish Law, the trial of Madeleine Smith for murder after a love affair which mostly took place in Rhu, was being commemorated in July 2007 by Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates.

Madeleine was tried for the murder of her lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier, at the High Court in Edinburgh. The trial began on June 30 1857, and finished on July 9. The case was found not proven, that unique Scottish verdict.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:51 )

The case for Madeleine

NEW material became available about the Rhu-based mystery of whether or not Madeleine Smith murdered her lover in 2007 as the 150th anniversary of the start of her trial was marked with an exhibition, a re-enactment, and a new book.

Madeleine was tried for the murder of her lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier, at the High Court in Edinburgh. The trial began on June 30 1857, and ended with a not proven verdict on July 9.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:57 )

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Next Open Meeting

ASH badgeRobert Layden will talk about the 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One on Wednesday October 29 at 7.30pm. All welcome. AGM at 7pm.

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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