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Help wanted with research

THE story of Helensburgh GP Dr Fordyce Messer has attracted the attention of London-based Anne Hunter and her sister Helen Murden who are researching their family history.

A well known figure with his fine flowing beard, Dr Messer has a double claim to fame.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 13:24 )


Actress came home for Games

HELENSBURGH-BORN Morven Christie was back in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

She starred in the opening event for ‘The Tin Forest Festival’ for the National Theatre of Scotland in the South Rotunda courtyard.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 13:01 )


Engraving lent for exhibition

ONE of the works featuring in the current ‘Glasgow Girls: Artists and Designers 1920-1960’ exhibition in Kirkcudbright has been lent by Helensburgh’s Anderson Trust Collection.


It is a wood engraving entitled ‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’ by local artist, Elizabeth Odling (1924-2003).

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 17:42 )


Sir Jackie is 75

WEDNESDAY June 12 2014 was yet another milestone in the extraordinary journey through life of Sir Jackie Stewart, one of the greatest Grand Prix drivers of all time and a man with many Helensburgh connections, when he celebrated his 75th birthday.

A back number of the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times weekly newspaper provided this image from another of the great days of his life . . . his wedding to Helensburgh girl Helen McGregor.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:54 )


Aussie search for burgh forebears

AN AUSTRALIAN airport engineer is searching for information about his Helensburgh and district forebears.

Ian Scott has been doing his research from his home in Melbourne, Victoria, since he retired in 1996, and has been interested in family history research for 25 years.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 June 2014 11:09 )


Jean Petrie will be much missed

THE loss on Wednesday May 28 of one of Helensburgh's best known women is being felt right across the West of Scotland.

Jean Petrie will be remembered by everyone who met her, and there were thousands, as a gentlewoman of great grace and dignity, and by her family as “a five star mum”.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 June 2014 17:46 )


WW2 memories DVD on sale

THE DVD produced by Helensburgh Heritage Trust about the Second World War memories of local people was much praised at its first three public showings attended by some 180 people . . . and it is now available to be purchased.

The 'All Our Stories' project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, involved Trust chairman Stewart Noble interviewing over a dozen people, with the filming and post-production work carried out by Robert Bell of West Highland Photography in James Street.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 June 2014 16:03 )

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Last 2015 Talk

Sir-malcolm-colquhoun-wThe last Open Meeting of 2015 was held on Wednesday November 25 at Loch Lomond Golf Club, Luss, as guests of Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, when the topic was the Clan Colquhoun and the history of Helensburgh.

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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