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R.B.Cunninghame Graham: Adventurer and writer

SEVENTY years ago on March 20 1936, one of Scotland's most famous men — whose family home was at Ardoch, Cardross — died at the age of 84 on a last visit to Buenos Aires.

Robert B.Cunninghame Graham of Ardoch, known as Don Roberto, was an adventurer, politician, explorer, and writer.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 09:42 )

 

The Henry Bell Story

THE BELL'S connection with Helensburgh seems to date from 1806 and he was receiving mail there in July and September of that year.

In July of that year the Register of Sasines records that Henry Bell, Architect, of Glasgow, had feued on 29th May a piece of ground lying on the south side of the road from Dumbarton to the Kirk of Row. This was the site of the Baths Inn.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 June 2010 15:20 )

Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law

HELENSBURGH has always prided itself that a Prime Minister came from the burgh, despite the fact that he is known as “The Unknown Prime Minister”.

A Conservative, Bonar Law occupied 10 Downing Street for just 209 days in 1922-23, succeeding the much better known Liberal, David Lloyd George, who had served from 1916-22.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 June 2011 17:59 )

Burgh scientist made diamonds

MOST people cultivate flowers and vegetables in their gardens . . . but one Helensburgh scientist claimed to manufacture diamonds in his.

James Ballantyne Hannay is a name known to few, but nevertheless it is a name which left its mark on the scientific world in no uncertain terms.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 January 2011 11:10 )

The 8th Baronet of Luss

THE man who brought international golf to Loch Lomondside but fought fiercely to preserve the beauty of the area, Clan Chief Sir Ivar Iain Colquhoun, 8th Baronet, died peacefully on January 31 2008 at the age of 92 at home at Camstradden on his beloved Loch Lomondside, just outside the village of Luss.

Sir Ivar (right) — the 30th Chief of Luss and 32nd of Colquhoun — was the longest serving Clan Chief of Colquhoun, having succeeded to the title almost 60 years ago in November 1948.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:37 )

Sandy the poacher

HELENSBURGH had its fair share of poachers and one, in particular, stood out — Sandy.

He was well acquainted with all methods, legal or illegal, for getting bird, beast or fish, by gun or by rod. In some quarters he was looked up to, in others not so.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:38 )

Author and naturalist Down Under

A YOUNG man who left Helensburgh in 1880 and died in 1940 is revered to this day in New Zealand as an author and naturalist.

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith was born in the burgh on 13 March 13 1861. His father was John Guthrie-Smith, from Mugdock Castle, Stirlingshire, who had married into the well known Dennistoun family and was partner in a firm of insurance brokers.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:38 )

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First Winter Open Meeting

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Melissa Simpson will talk on 'Hermitage Park: past, present and future'.

Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesdays of October, November, January 2016, February and March.