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John Clyde: Scotland's first film star

SCOTLAND’S leading stage actor of his generation, John Clyde, who died at his daughter’s home at 34 John Street, Helensburgh, on November 1 1920, also had the accolade of being Scotland’s first film star.

Father of film actors Andy and David Clyde, and stage star Jean Clyde, John was the best known actor-manager of the 19th century in his home country — but only the most ardent film buff is aware of his place in cinema history.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 April 2013 17:09 )

 

Jean Clyde: Stage actress

THE most famous stage star of the children of actor John Clyde was his daughter Jean, who spent some of her childhood and much of her later life in Helensburgh.

From joining her brothers David and Andy on stage in childhood, she went on to become known all over Scotland, having appeared in many of her father’s productions, and later as the star of other plays.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:19 )

David Clyde: Stage and film actor

THE oldest of the three children of a Helensburgh family who became international stars was David Clyde.

Brother of Andy and Jean Clyde, he did not quite became as famous as they did, but he did make a very good career out of stage and film acting.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:50 )

Andy Clyde: Film star

A STAR of Western films, Andy Clyde, who was born in New Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, was brought up in Helensburgh where his uncle, Bob Clyde, had grocery shops on Sinclair Street and West Princes Street.

Born Andrew Allan Clyde on March 25 1982 the fifth of six children of Scottish theatrical actor, producer and manager John Clyde and his wife Mary, Andy joined his siblings David and Jean on stage in childhood.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:52 )

Jack Buchanan: The Entertainer

THE great entertainer, Jack Buchanan, was born on April 2 1890 in Helensburgh and died on October 20 1957 in London.

A major UK musical comedy, revue and film star, choreographer, director, producer and manager with a disarming, casual style, Buchanan's career spanned 40 years.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 09:52 )

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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.

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