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Naval hero became Baron of Kilmahew

KILMAHEW was not only the name of a mansion above Cardross . . . it was also the name of a Baron.

The 2015 project to restore the Kilmahew grounds and make safe the former St Peter’s Seminary has attracted widespread publicity recently, and would certainly have been applauded by Bobby Allan.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 May 2015 13:55 )


Officer married after his death

A HELENSBURGH man had a glittering school and university career, died in action in World War One . . . and has the possibly unique distinction of being married after his death.

It was an extraordinary end to a remarkable life for the second son of a clay manufacturer, Campbell Rodger, and his wife Catherine, who lived in Rossland, East Montrose Street.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 February 2015 13:54 )

MAEE made merry at Christmas

OFFICERS and senior civilian staff with RAF Helensburgh turned a wartime Christmas dinner into a French feast in 1944.

The officers mess for the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment was Ardenvohr, the requisitioned home of the then Royal Northern Yacht Club at Rhu.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 January 2015 18:32 )

Catalinas tested at Rhu

CATALINA flying boats were a familiar sight on the Gareloch off Helensburgh and Rhu throughout World War Two.

RAF Helensburgh — the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment — tested and modified all Catalinas types before new marks were assigned to operational squadrons.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 December 2014 18:44 )

9th Argylls at Ypres: A Soldier's Tale

This account is based mainly on details given in the autobiography of the Rev Charles L.Warr, “The Glimmering Landscape” (1960).

Charles Warr (1892-1969) was the second son of the Rev Alfred Warr, parish minister at Rosneath from 1887 until his death in 1916. When Charles graduated in arts from Edinburgh University in the summer of 1914, war was just about to break out.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:02 )

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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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