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First Argyll to die in Flanders

THE YEAR of 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War One, and many men from Helensburgh and district lost their lives in the extraordinary conflict.

 

One is particularly remembered in the annals of the local regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, as he was the first man in the 1/9th Battalion to die in Flanders during the Great War.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:38 )

 

Chemist was expert on whisky

ONE of the leading chemists of his era — and an institution in the whisky industry — lived for much of his life in Rosneath and Helensburgh.

Professor Robert Rattray Tatlock was an analytical and consulting chemist, an expert witness in trials involving chemicals, and later public analyst, gas examiner and sewage chemist to Glasgow Corporation.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 January 2014 16:28 )

Shandon mansion full of art treasures

WEST SHANDON HOUSE, the home of the father of Clyde shipbuilding, Robert Napier, was Helensburgh and district’s biggest and best mansion.

The imposing structure was built over a period of years in the mid-19th century, and in its later years became Shandon Hydro.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 January 2014 17:57 )

Film-maker loved people

A SHANDON man who died of blood cancer on April 16 2012 at the age of 65 is considered to have been one of Scotland’s greatest cameramen and film-makers.

In David Peat’s early days he was an all-action cameraman flying in helicopters, filming the famous Clyde sit-in and other highlights such as the career of Billy Connolly.

Dunbartonshire Herb Growing Association

A HELENSBURGH organisation set up in 1916 to help the First World War effort by growing herbs lasted for four successful years before it was wound up.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 18:33 )

Helensburgh Society in controversy

MEMBERS of the Helensburgh Naturalist and Antiquarian Society at the end of the 19th century would surely be absolute pillars of virtue.

But were they all? The so-called ‘Controversy on the Clyde’ in which they were involved is about forgeries, and remains a whodunnit to this day.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 18:36 )

Down the pub with John Logie Baird

The November 2013 closure of the Logie Baird pub on James Street, Helensburgh, prompted Malcolm Baird to reflect on his father's connections with alcoholic drink.

JOHN LOGIE BAIRD was the son of a Scottish minister and he was raised in the late Victorian era.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 November 2013 16:20 )

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Winter Open Meetings 2015-16

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm.

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

The speakers programme will be published as soon as it is available.