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The Colquhoun Square story

AN ICONIC feature of Helensburgh is Colquhoun Square.

That the Square was intended to form a distinctive feature right at the outset of the infant town is clearly shown by its presence on the earliest existing street plans, dating from the start of the 19th century.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 February 2013 18:49 )


Milton Place associated with two firms

ONE of the lesser known addresses in Helensburgh is Milton Place.

It has the unusual distinction of having been owned by only two businesses in a century.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:30 )

Hermitage Park and Malig Mill

HERMITAGE PARK was originally called Cramb Park after the Cramb Family who owned Hermitage House, which stood where the pagoda now stands.

The Hermitage name is supposed to come from a hermit’s well that lies in the north east of the park.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:11 )

Infirmary now little used

ONE of the most attractive buildings in the east end of Helensburgh is the Victoria Infirmary, built in 1895.

The work of one of the town’s leading architects, William Leiper, the former cottage hospital looks in fine condition from the outside, but inside only the ground floor is in use as part of today’s Victoria Integrated Health Care Centre.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:59 )

The story of Helensburgh's piers

A MASTERPLAN was proposed in 2012 for future development of the area around Helensburgh pier. It is an area which features heavily in the history of the burgh.

Around the time that Helensburgh came into being, there seem to have been several landing places in the vicinity, if not actually proper piers.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:31 )

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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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