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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 ( Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:01 )

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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First 2017 Open Meeting

bill-anderson-wThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday January 25 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. Bill Anderson will speak about the Anderson Local Art Collection.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
SC024603