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TV inventor's father built congregation

TV INVENTOR John Logie Baird is arguably Helensburgh’s most famous son, but what about his father?

The Rev John Baird was a formidable figure. Many may have seen him in a well known and much published photo outside his West Argyle Street home, with his sister Annie and son John.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 June 2014 16:01 )

 

Town's oldest hotel closes

MANY Helensburgh people were sad to hear in February 2014 of the closure of the town’s oldest hostelry, the Imperial Hotel on West Clyde Street.

Originally the Tontine Hotel, what is now popularly known as ‘The Imps’ has seen and played a big part in the town’s history since the early years of the 19th century, not long after burgh status was gained in 1802.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 May 2014 16:23 )

Burgh man first wounded Argyll

THE FIRST Argyll and Sutherland Highlander to be wounded in Flanders in World War One was shot in the big toe on his way to a trench.

Helensburgh-born Sergeant Adam Bain Paton, of A Company, 1/9th Argylls, was shot on March 7 1915 while on active duty at the front — and went to reach the rank of Major.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:46 )

Peninsula sisters found art fame

TWO Rosneath Peninsula sisters — whose family also lived at various times in Helensburgh — both became multi-talented and famous artists.

Elder sister Doris Clare Zinkeisen, who was born at Clynder House, Clynder, on July 31 1898, was best known for her work in theatrical design, but was also a painter, commercial artist and writer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:53 )

The history of Hermitage Park

THE STORY of Helensburgh’s Hermitage House goes back to 1838, when Robert Fulton Alexander, a merchant in Glasgow, feued two sizeable portions of land in the Barony of Milligs from the landowner, Sir James Colquhoun.

These pieces of land were presumably next to each other, and they were included in the same land deed.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:19 )

Military hospital in park

HELENSBURGH had a military hospital in Hermitage Park during World War One.

Hermitage House and its grounds, now Hermitage Park and the War Memorial, originally were adjacent to the Malig Mill, at the rear of the Victoria Hall, and the Mill’s Lade, a lake where Hermitage Bowling Club now stands. In the Great War the house became an Auxiliary Military Hospital.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2014 18:29 )

The Gareloch's forgotten training ship

FOR A few months in the spring and early summer of 1913, inhabitants of Rhu would have seen a handsome vessel moored there, not far from the wooden bulk of the training ship HMS Empress.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 January 2014 19:08 )

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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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