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The Clyde family shops

HELENSBURGH’S famous Clyde family had two branches — the actors and the shopkeepers.

The acting branch included Andy, David and Jean Clyde, three of the six children of touring theatre company boss John Clyde, who was born in Rattray, Blairgowrie, on November 20 1860 and died in Helensburgh on November 1 1920.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:54 )


Top fashion executive launches business

A HELENSBURGH-born businesswoman who is one of the key figures in the world of British fashion is highly positive about the future . . . after launching her own business.

The second of four children of a Welsh mum and an English dad, brought up near Portsmouth – where her father was based with the Royal Navy — she was born in the burgh on March 11 1959.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:54 )

Burgh man was shipowner

A HELENSBURGH man was the owner of a sailing ship trading from India to Scotland.

Glasgow businessman James Boyd, of Queensmount, Queen Street, had the four-masted steel barque Madagascar built for him by Russell & Co. of Port Glasgow, and the vessel was launched in May 1888.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:00 )

Robert Napier: Father of Clyde shipbuilding

A SHANDON engineer who built the mansion which became Shandon Hydro is still considered by many to be the “father of Clyde shipbuilding”.

Robert Napier was born in Dumbarton in 1791, the second son of a local blacksmith.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:02 )

From Hermitage to millions

DELIVERING newspapers and selling clothes were the humble beginnings from which a young Helensburgh man rose to become one of the most successful businessmen in the United States.

Millionaire Richard Tait, 42 year-old founder of the American board games company Cranium which he sold early in January 2008 to toy company Hasbro for £39 million, spent most of his childhood in the town before going to the States at the age of 21.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:05 )

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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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