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King's tribute to Boer War veteran

ONE of the 22 Helensburgh soldiers who received carriage clocks in recognition of their service in the Boer War went on to win praise from the King of Albania.

A Lieutenant at the time of the clocks presentation in 1901, John Maxwell Gillatt rose to become a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the DSO and OBE.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:32 )


Boer War soldier became Pipe Major

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust bought a carriage clock presented to a burgh soldier who served in the Boer War, Private William McKinlay, in 1901, and would like to find out more information about him.

The Trust bought the clock in May 2013 from an antique dealer in Kent for £5,000, with the help of an anonymous benefactor, and it is planned to display it in the Heritage Centre at Helensburgh Library.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:52 )

Janitor praised by Kitchener

A SERGEANT-MAJOR from Helensburgh who died in action during World War One was described by Lord Kitchener as a credit to his country.

Sergeant Major W.B.McLaren, formerly a janitor at Hermitage School and well known in the town, was serving in the 9th Black Watch on the Western Front.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 June 2013 14:07 )

Life in Shandon POW camp

GARELOCHSIDE was the home of three World War Two prisoner of war camps, two at Shandon and one at Whistlefield, which remained for several years after the end of the war in 1945.

A fascinating article on life in one of the camps was published in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times in April 1947.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 December 2013 18:24 )

English soldiers built Fruin monument

A POPULAR attraction in Glen Fruin is the memorial stone commemorating the Battle of Glen Fruin.

The memorial was erected in 1968 at the west end of the glen, looking east over the area where the famous battle between the Colquhouns and the McGregors took place on February 7 1603.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 April 2013 17:53 )

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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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