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Researching family tree

I am writing to you from Australia and am researching my family tree with difficulty.

I know that my great grandfather James Aitken and his wife Emily lived at Burtonhill (or Burton Hill, I'm not sure which) in Helensburgh and I would be very interested to know whether the house still stands or anything about either it or the family.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 August 2010 12:47 )


Wartime whale at Cardross?

DOES anyone remember a whale beaching at Cardross around the time of the Clydebank Blitz?

I was reading the archive section of a national newspaper where it was reported that 100 years ago a small whale had beached at Dunoon.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 August 2010 11:56 )


Search for victory parade photo

JUNE 8 1946, may be a date that does not ring bells for many readers, but it was the day the end of World War Two was celebrated by military parades in many cities and towns.

One was Glasgow and another was Helensburgh, where I was very proud to be marching in the Royal Navy squad which had come over the water from the Combined Operations base at Roseneath.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 July 2010 18:27 )


Jardine family details quest

WE are planning a visit to Helensburgh from Dayton, Ohio USA. From what I can find out about my maternal family — many generations — they were from Helensburgh.

They included Robert Jardine and Graham Jardine. Do you know of anyone I could contact who could help me with my research, particularly address or employment information, dating 1770's-1900's?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 17:50 )


Trip home from Down Under

G'day from Down Under ...................

Friends recently put me on to the website which I found very interesting and came across many people in photographs that I knew. Had a good look through but have been unable to fill in any blanks.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:29 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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

  • 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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