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She survived Lusitania sinking

A YOUNG woman survived the sinking of the Clyde-built ocean liner Lusitania 100 years ago and went on to reach the grand old age of 95, spending the final ten years of her life in Helensburgh.

Grace Hope French was born in 1890 and became a dressmaker and milliner. She originally booked passage on the Cameronia before she was transferred to the Lusitania.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2015 14:18 )


Colourful life of local Laird

ONE of the most colourful characters of his generation was Sir Iain Colquhoun of Luss, 32nd Chieftain of the Clan and the 7th Baronet.

Sir Iain gave a lifetime of service to his country, his county and his clan, and was clearly an inspirational figure.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 May 2015 15:12 )

From shore to fisheries research

A HELENSBURGH man who spent part of his childhood exploring rocky pools on the seafront for marine life rose to become one of the UK’s foremost experts in the field.

Alasdair Duncan McIntyre, CBE, BSc, DSc, FRSE, FIBiol, FRSA, was born in the burgh in 1926 and died in Aberdeen nearly five years ago.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:55 )

Pioneer of the gas industry

A HELENSBURGH man who died in 1983 at the age of 96 is considered to have made the great single Scottish contribution to the establishment of the gas industry.

David Fulton is best remembered locally as a much admired and long serving president of Helensburgh Golf Club — holding the office from 1963 until his death on May 7 1983, and still making speeches at the club in his nineties.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:51 )

Two town matrons died after crash

ONE of the most tragic tales of Helensburgh’s past is that of the accident which killed two town matrons.

Jean Chapman, the 56 year-old matron of the town’s Victoria Infirmary, and Helen Milne, the 55 year-old matron of the nearby Helensburgh Infectious Diseases Hospital, both lost their lives.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:38 )

Future PM lost two sons in six months

THE RESPONSIBILITY of being Chancellor of the Exchequer during the First World War was a huge one for Helensburgh man Andrew Bonar Law.

But in 1917 the man who would become Prime Minister had to undertake his state duties while burdened with the terrible sadness of losing his two elder sons in action.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 April 2015 17:58 )

Lest we forget MAEE

SEVENTY years ago the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment packed its bags at the end of World War Two and said goodbye to Helensburgh.

RAF Helensburgh, as it was known, operated primarily with flying boats after the unit moved north from Felixstowe in September 39. It returned to the Suffolk port when hostilities ceased.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2015 09:55 )

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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