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A Cardross soldier's story

Journalist Colin Donald tells the story of his great uncle, Cardross man George Chrystal, who died in one of the first World War One gas attacks at Ypres in 1915.

WHAT do we know of great uncle George Chrystal?

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 January 2013 10:28 )

 

70 years since battle climax

THIS year of 2013 is the 70th anniversary of some very important work at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh.

From 1940 its efforts had been mostly directed at devising ways to sink U-Boats and rescuing ditched RAF crews.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:42 )

History of the Colquhoun Tartan

SIR James Colquhoun of Luss registered the Colquhoun tartan with the Highland Society of London in 1817.

Sir James was born in Edinburgh on September 28 1774. It is recorded that he raised a company of volunteers in his father’s territory — the glens of south-western Loch Lomondside — and was appointed their captain “at a young age”.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:36 )

Milton Place associated with two firms

ONE of the lesser known addresses in Helensburgh is Milton Place.

It has the unusual distinction of having been owned by only two businesses in a century.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:30 )

Hermitage Park and Malig Mill

HERMITAGE PARK was originally called Cramb Park after the Cramb Family who owned Hermitage House, which stood where the pagoda now stands.

The Hermitage name is supposed to come from a hermit’s well that lies in the north east of the park.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:11 )

Devoted doctor died at sea

HELENSBURGH mourned the loss in January 1919 of a medical man who had been praised for devotion to duty.

But the life of Major William Smith Sinclair, MB, CM, DPH, very much had its ups and downs.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 December 2012 17:09 )

Infirmary now little used

ONE of the most attractive buildings in the east end of Helensburgh is the Victoria Infirmary, built in 1895.

The work of one of the town’s leading architects, William Leiper, the former cottage hospital looks in fine condition from the outside, but inside only the ground floor is in use as part of today’s Victoria Integrated Health Care Centre.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:59 )

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2014-15 Winter Talks

The 2014-15 series of Winter Talks begins on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club with a talk on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.