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The Blind Piper from Rhu

A LEGENDARY figure in Scottish piping first learnt to play the pipes as a young man in the Helensburgh district.

Known as the Blind Piper, Archie McNeill was born at 23 Lambhill Street, Govan, Glasgow, on February 23, 1879, the son of Donald McNeill, a merchant seaman, and his wife Jessie, nee Napier, who were married at Kippen on December 21 1877.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 July 2010 09:56 )

 

Portrait of artist very significant

A PAINTING of great significance to Helensburgh is currently on show in the Anderson Trust exhibition at Helensburgh Library in West King Street.

The enigmatic rear view portrait has been arousing interest and comment from visitors, and the importance of this painting to Helensburgh and to this collection of paintings cannot be overestimated.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:36 )

Portincaple was artist's retreat

ONE of the paintings owned by the Anderson Trust and currently on show in Helensburgh Library is the work of a distinguished artist who lived in Portincaple and is buried at Faslane Cemetery.

Best known for his paintings of harbours and Clyde scenes, James Kay RSA RSW was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran on October 22 1858, but lived for some 33 years in the Loch Longside village in a house called Crimea (below right) and worked in a studio at 79 West Regent Street, Glasgow.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:20 )

Landscape artist was prolific

A PROLIFIC and talented Helensburgh artist who died in 1985 at the age of 75 is certainly not forgotten.

That quickly became obvious after the Heritage Trust received a request for information about Allan M.Fraser from Kirkmichael-born Johnnie Booth, who now lives in California and owns one of his paintings.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 July 2010 17:52 )

Music hall singer died young

A HELENSBURGH singer with a real talent was much mourned when he died from cancer in February 1945 at the age of only 35.

Joseph O'Rourke — known to all as Joe — was the ninth of the fourteen children of mason's labourer James O'Rourke and his wife Hannah, who were married in the burgh on September 16 1892 and lived at 6 Maitland Street.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 April 2010 10:33 )

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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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