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Sir James George Frazer: Anthropologist and author

PROBABLY the most honoured academic ever to be educated in Helensburgh was Sir James George Frazer, a leading social anthropologist, folklorist and classical scholar of his time.

Sir James was a key figure in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion, and greatly influenced writers and thinkers such as D.H.Lawrence, T.S.Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 09:49 )

 

Jimmy Logan: Showbiz legend

HELENSBURGH man Jimmy Logan OBE — a world famous and colourful Scottish actor and entertainer — served until his death in 2001 as the first honorary president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust and took a keen interest in the work of the Trust.

Jimmy Logan's connections with Helensburgh go back even to the time before he was born, as it was in Helensburgh that his parents, Jack Short and May Dalziel, met each other.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 February 2012 18:50 )

Rosa Templeton: Lifetime of art

WORKS by a Helensburgh artist whose work is not often seen are featured in the 2008 Anderson Trust exhibition in the Library in West King Street.

The exhibition includes a small collection of watercolours by Rosa Templeton (1867-1936) who came to the burgh when she was one and lived here all her life.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 June 2010 17:13 )

Deborah Kerr: Film star

HELENSBURGH film star Deborah Kerr, CBE, who died on Tuesday October 16 2007 at the age of 86, was born Deborah Jane Trimmer on September 30 1921 at 7.40 a.m. to Arthur Charles ('Jack') Trimmer, a civil engineer, and his wife Kathleen Rose, nee Smale.

The couple, who married in Lydney, Gloucester, on August 21 1919, lived in West King Street, Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:36 )

Gregor Ian Smith: Artist

ARTIST Gregor Ian Smith was born in Helensburgh on April 18 1907, one of three children.

His brother Harold died in infancy, while his sister Mary, grew up to be a talented singer, spending many years as a leading member of Helensburgh Amateur Operatic Society.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:43 )

John Clyde: Scotland's first film star

SCOTLAND’S leading stage actor of his generation, John Clyde, who died at his daughter’s home at 34 John Street, Helensburgh, on November 1 1920, also had the accolade of being Scotland’s first film star.

Father of film actors Andy and David Clyde, and stage star Jean Clyde, John was the best known actor-manager of the 19th century in his home country — but only the most ardent film buff is aware of his place in cinema history.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 April 2013 17:09 )

Jean Clyde: Stage actress

THE most famous stage star of the children of actor John Clyde was his daughter Jean, who spent some of her childhood and much of her later life in Helensburgh.

From joining her brothers David and Andy on stage in childhood, she went on to become known all over Scotland, having appeared in many of her father’s productions, and later as the star of other plays.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:19 )

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Second Winter Open Meeting

Cleland-Sneddon-wThe next Winter Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on October 25. Cleland Sneddon will speak about childhood holidays in Rosneath. All welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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