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Radio operator posted to MAEE

THE work of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburgh and Rhu during the Second World War was top secret at the time . . . but more and more information about it is emerging as time goes on.

Former Merseyside newspaper editor Robin Bird, who is currently preparing his second book about MAEE Helensburgh, is the man responsible, and he has been a regular source for this website.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:11 )

 

Village hero died at Passchendaele

A DECORATED war hero from Garelochhead was among the many thousands who lost their lives in the World War One Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium.

Lieutenant Campbell Greenhill, who was born at his parents home in Glencairn Terrace on November 4 1885, was 31 when he died in what was also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, one of the major battles of the war.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:13 )

Tribute to airmen presented

A HELENSBURGH airman who died when his plane was shot down during the Second World War is commemorated on war memorials in Hermitage Park and in northern France.

And in November 2009 a specially prepared photographic tribute to him and his crewmates who died was presented to the Mayor of the town where the monument is.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:25 )

Shandon minister lost both sons

THE minister of Shandon United Free Church and his wife paid a heavy price when they lost both their sons in World War One.

The Rev Hugh Miller MA and his wife Annie Scott married at Rhu in 1887, five years after Mr Miller became the minister of the Gothic church on Kirk Brae opposite the pier.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 March 2013 17:17 )

Battle of Glen Fruin 1603 (by Stewart Noble)

"WHAT is history," asked Napoleon, "but a fable agreed upon?"

That a battle took place in Glen Fruin on the 7th February 1603 between the Colquhouns and the MacGregors, that the number of Colquhoun dead was very much greater than MacGregor dead, and that the MacGregors were subsequently severely punished for their actions — these are about the only three facts that most historians will agree upon regarding the Battle of Glen Fruin.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:20 )

Battle of Glen Fruin 1603 (by Brian Osborne)

ON February 7 1603 a force of some four hundred men of Clan Gregor, Clan Cameron and other “brokin Hieland men” came down to Glen Fruin to raid and to pillage.

Glen Fruin lay in the lands of Colquhoun of Luss, and there was a long history of enmity between the MacGregors and the Colquhouns, as indeed there was between many residents on the borders of the Highlands and the notoriously lawless Clan Gregor.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:22 )

Battle of Glen Fruin 1603: MacGregor perspective

IN 2003 the Clan Gregor Society held an International Gathering to commemorate the quatercentenary of the battle on 7th February 1603.

The actual ceremony took place at the cairn by the roadside above Auchengaich Farm.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 08:54 )

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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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