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Helensburgh's only Freeman

THE only man to receive the Freedom of the Burgh of Helensburgh was a man who, after a lifetime of service, well deserved the highest honour his home town could give . . . but sadly he died seven weeks later.

The story of polio-disabled Colonel Alastair Paterson (left) is a story of courage, which began on October 20 1900 when he was born at The Turret, Millig Street.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 April 2010 16:07 )

 

The 1st Baron Strathclyde

ONE of the great advocates of his generation spent both his childhood and his retirement at Cairndhu, the family home on Helensburgh seafront which is now a care home and was for many years until 1984 a popular hotel.

Alexander Ure, first Baron Strathclyde, was the second son of John Ure (1824-1901), flour merchant and a distinguished Lord Provost of Glasgow, and his wife, Isabella.

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

The first Munro-Bagger

THE FIRST ‘Munro-Bagger’ — climbing Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet — was a Helensburgh man, the Rev Archibald Eneas Robertson, MA, BD.

Archie Robertson was born in the town on July 3 1870 and brought up at Parkhill, 7 Kings Crescent, which is now Barbreck, 1 Granville Street.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:03 )

District's oldest resident

THE only person to be awarded the title of Burgess of the Burgh of Cove and Kilcreggan was also the oldest person ever to live in the Helensburgh District.

Mrs Lucy Rickerman, who was born in the year that Disraeli became the Prime Minister and died in 1980 at the age of 105, received the award shortly after her 100th birthday on September 6 1974.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 December 2010 17:47 )

Anne Gray: An Appreciation

Dr Anne M.Gray
Secretary of Helensburgh Heritage Trust 1996-2004
Honorary Vice-President 2004-2008

By Trust chairman Stewart Noble

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:01 )

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Final 2017 Open Meeting

David-Bruce-wThe final 2017 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on November 29. David Bruce will talk about the forger and photographer Greatrex. All most welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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