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Burgh artists work was on sale

WORKS by three important artists with strong Helensburgh connections were on display at a Glasgow gallery recently.

Paintings by Norah Neilson Gray, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and James Whitelaw Hamilton were included in the Glasgow Boys & Glasgow Girls exhibition at Ewan Mundy Fine Art, 211 West George Street.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 18:24 )


Henry Bell and the Comet

2012 was the year of the bicentenary of Henry Bell's Comet steamship, and the Comet Bicentenary Committee set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust organised first a website and then the celebrations themselves.

It has been agreed to keep the Comet website online until 2015, but all the material which is on that website, including many heritage articles about Bell himself and the vessel, an excerpt from the 1897 book 'Annals of Garelochside' by W.C.Maughan, and a feature by Bell's biographer, the late Brian D.Osborne, has been copied to the Henry Bell section of this website.

All appropriate images from the past and the celebrations have also been copied to the Photo Gallery on this website, with an album devoted to the subject.

The Trust is in the process of preparing a dvd of Henry Bell material for use in local schools.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:16 )

Burgh writers contribute to new book

TWO Helensburgh writers have contributed to a new book published by Clydebank Life Story Group.

Entitled 'Write on Time', it contains 87 pages of stories, rhymes and poems, many of them illustrated, from members and associate members of the group, and it is their fifth book.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:48 )


Historic tiles found in burgh pub

A FASCINATING piece of literary history was uncovered during renovations at a popular Helensburgh hostelry, the Ashton in West Princes Street, in December 2011.

The removal of panelling in the front of the public house to open up the windows revealed a set of ten sepia-toned ceramic tiles, each featuring characters from the Waverley Novels by Sir Walter Scott.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 January 2012 18:49 )


Images and information wanted

IT is fascinating researching Helensburgh and district history — and really rewarding when mysteries are solved or searches are successful. 

So to start 2012, here are a few areas of research the Trust website is involved in, and images we are seeking. The first concerns the image of a man and his dog (below), in fact Flying Officer Roy Henderson, of Dungoyne, Helensburgh, who destroyed a Messerschmitt 410 fighter bomber in a forward battle area in 1944.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:28 )


New book on historic Loch Long yachts

THE long-awaited 'next chapter' in the story of the Loch Longs, the gutsy little racing yachts designed and built at McGruer and Company on the Gareloch, has been published.

Jamie Bruce Lockhart brings the story right up to date in his follow-up to “Loch Longs the First Fifty Years” which was published for the Golden Jubilee of the class with “Loch Longs, the third quarter century 1987 - 2012.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2012 19:29 )


Learning about Morlaggan excavations

AN OPPORTUNITY to find out all about the remarkable excavations at High Morlaggan, near Arrochar, was offered on Saturday January 14 at the Three Villages Community Hall. 

The Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group held a double event in celebration of the excavations, including a book launch, entitled ‘People, Pottery and the Past’.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2012 17:14 )

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First 2015 Open Meeting


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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