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Inventor's father was charismatic minister

THE NINE decades of the life of the Rev John Baird — father of TV inventor John Logie Baird — encompassed much of Helensburgh’s early religious history.

A signed engraving which is part of Argyll and Bute Council’s Libraries Collection shows a fine looking man of great character, which helps to explain his considerable following over many years.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2015 17:47 )


Shop played huge part in town life

WHEN townsfolk and visitors walk out the main entrance from Helensburgh Central Station, opposite them is a piece of local history.

Painted on the wall above the shops is ‘Macneur & Bryden Ltd.’, the name of a multi-faceted business which was probably the most used and best known shop in Helensburgh for almost a century.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:22 )

Artist's son was seaplane pioneer

THE SON of a famous Rhu artist earned fame of a very different kind.

Tom Guthrie was the son of Sir James Guthrie, but he did not inherit his father’s artistic talent. Instead he was an expert pilot and a pioneer of seaplane passenger excursions.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2015 17:28 )

Officer married after his death

A HELENSBURGH man had a glittering school and university career, died in action in World War One . . . and has the possibly unique distinction of being married after his death.

It was an extraordinary end to a remarkable life for the second son of a clay manufacturer, Campbell Rodger, and his wife Catherine, who lived in Rossland, East Montrose Street.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 February 2015 13:54 )

Lomond teacher an institution in hockey

A LONG-SERVING teacher at Helensburgh’s Lomond School is an institution in Scottish womens hockey . . . and still playing at the age of 52.

Head of Physical Education Margery Taylor won nearly 100 caps for Scotland and is still match secretary of the 4th XI at the Glasgow Western club which dominates the sport in this country.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2015 17:15 )

MAEE made merry at Christmas

OFFICERS and senior civilian staff with RAF Helensburgh turned a wartime Christmas dinner into a French feast in 1944.

The officers mess for the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment was Ardenvohr, the requisitioned home of the then Royal Northern Yacht Club at Rhu.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 January 2015 18:32 )

Remembering Fallen of Training Ships

HOW HARD a life was it aboard the Training Ships Cumberland and Empress which were anchored in the Gareloch from 1869 for 54 years?

Opinions have differed in recent years, with written accounts of the hardships of being a boy living aboard contrasting with positive views from relatives of pupils and staff.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:38 )

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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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