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Old Burgh manuscript found

A REMARKABLE relic of Helensburgh of days gone by has been unearthed by James Brown FSA Scot, a historical researcher based in Ayrshire.

It is a manuscript volume dated 1822, containing six poems and several small vignettes which depict sailing and loch scenes. If that was the date the manuscript was prepared, the picture of Helensburgh would be one of the earliest known.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:18 )

 

Jungle epic written in Cardross

AN AUTHOR of international best sellers wrote his first book during the ten years he lived in Cardross.

Bernard Attenborough, who used the pen name James S.Rand, became world-renowned as the author of exciting novels, mostly based in Africa.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:19 )

Teachers set up theatre

TWO creative Helensburgh teachers played a major part in the formation of the Scottish Peoples Theatre, which flourished in Dumbarton from 1938 and through the Second World War.

The SPT, which welcomed guests actors such as Andrew Cruickshank and Molly Urquhart, even staged a concert at Shandon Hydro for recuperating servicemen in 1944. It became the more modestly-titled Dumbarton Peoples Theatre after the war.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:20 )

Film singer seeks local roots

AN American songstress whose voice was used in place of Helensburgh screen star Deborah Kerr’s vocals in ‘The King and I’ is keen to trace her roots – which she believes may also lie in the burgh.

Marni Nixon — who was born Margaret Nixon McEathron in Altadena, California, on February 22 1930 and is known as ‘The Voice of Hollywood' — was working with Deborah on the big-screen hit when she learned from an historian that her family too came from the Helensburgh area.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:22 )

Sir James George Frazer: Anthropologist and author

PROBABLY the most honoured academic ever to be educated in Helensburgh was Sir James George Frazer, a leading social anthropologist, folklorist and classical scholar of his time.

Sir James was a key figure in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion, and greatly influenced writers and thinkers such as D.H.Lawrence, T.S.Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 09:49 )

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2014-15 Winter Talks

The 2014-15 series of Winter Talks begins on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club with a talk by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.

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 26 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 26 — 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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