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Battle of Glen Fruin 1603 (by Stewart Noble)

"WHAT is history," asked Napoleon, "but a fable agreed upon?"

That a battle took place in Glen Fruin on the 7th February 1603 between the Colquhouns and the MacGregors, that the number of Colquhoun dead was very much greater than MacGregor dead, and that the MacGregors were subsequently severely punished for their actions — these are about the only three facts that most historians will agree upon regarding the Battle of Glen Fruin.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:20 )

 

Battle of Glen Fruin 1603 (by Brian Osborne)

ON February 7 1603 a force of some four hundred men of Clan Gregor, Clan Cameron and other “brokin Hieland men” came down to Glen Fruin to raid and to pillage.

Glen Fruin lay in the lands of Colquhoun of Luss, and there was a long history of enmity between the MacGregors and the Colquhouns, as indeed there was between many residents on the borders of the Highlands and the notoriously lawless Clan Gregor.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:22 )

Battle of Glen Fruin 1603: MacGregor perspective

IN 2003 the Clan Gregor Society held an International Gathering to commemorate the quatercentenary of the battle on 7th February 1603.

The actual ceremony took place at the cairn by the roadside above Auchengaich Farm.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 08:54 )

20 died in 1949 air tragedy

AN American Boeing B29 Superfortress crashed in Succoth Glen, Argyll, in January 1949, killing all 20 people on board.

The plane came down in bad weather, and to this day a large amount of wreckage still remains. The site is marked with a memorial cairn.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 08:54 )

First World War fighter ace

A HELENSBURGH man was the top Scottish flying ace of the First World War.

Major John Ingles Gilmour had 39 ‘victories’ to his credit — in other words he shot down 39 German aircraft.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:43 )

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First 2015 Open Meeting

St-Peters-Seminary

Michael Gallagher of Glasgow University will discuss 'Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary' at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday January 28 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

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 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — 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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