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The Blind Piper from Rhu

A LEGENDARY figure in Scottish piping first learnt to play the pipes as a young man in the Helensburgh district.

Known as the Blind Piper, Archie McNeill was born at 23 Lambhill Street, Govan, Glasgow, on February 23, 1879, the son of Donald McNeill, a merchant seaman, and his wife Jessie, nee Napier, who were married at Kippen on December 21 1877.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 July 2010 09:56 )

 

Search for Victory Parade picture

A WORLD War Two victory parade was held in Helensburgh in June 1946 — and the search is on for a photograph of it.

The search was sparked off by a request to Helensburgh Heritage Trust from Jane Cooke in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on behalf of her father, Roger Bartrum.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 June 2010 08:04 )

Portrait of artist very significant

A PAINTING of great significance to Helensburgh is currently on show in the Anderson Trust exhibition at Helensburgh Library in West King Street.

The enigmatic rear view portrait has been arousing interest and comment from visitors, and the importance of this painting to Helensburgh and to this collection of paintings cannot be overestimated.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:36 )

Portincaple was artist's retreat

ONE of the paintings owned by the Anderson Trust and currently on show in Helensburgh Library is the work of a distinguished artist who lived in Portincaple and is buried at Faslane Cemetery.

Best known for his paintings of harbours and Clyde scenes, James Kay RSA RSW was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran on October 22 1858, but lived for some 33 years in the Loch Longside village in a house called Crimea (below right) and worked in a studio at 79 West Regent Street, Glasgow.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:01 )

Landscape artist was prolific

A PROLIFIC and talented Helensburgh artist who died in 1985 at the age of 75 is certainly not forgotten.

That quickly became obvious after the Heritage Trust received a request for information about Allan M.Fraser from Kirkmichael-born Johnnie Booth, who now lives in California and owns one of his paintings.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 July 2010 17:52 )

Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group

The story of the setting up and growth of Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group
written by founder Mrs Mary Haggarty.

2002—2003

ONE day in 2002 while sitting in Arrochar Church reading the Pews News, I saw that our minister, who covers Luss as well as Arrochar, was asking the congregation to look out their old photos and articles so that they could be displayed in the new Pilgrimage centre in Luss.

Being absolutely ‘planted’ in the soil of Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui I was horrified — something else disappearing from our villages. So by the time the sermon had finished I had made up my mind that I would need to do something.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 May 2010 18:06 )

Music hall singer died young

A HELENSBURGH singer with a real talent was much mourned when he died from cancer in February 1945 at the age of only 35.

Joseph O'Rourke — known to all as Joe — was the ninth of the fourteen children of mason's labourer James O'Rourke and his wife Hannah, who were married in the burgh on September 16 1892 and lived at 6 Maitland Street.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 April 2010 10:33 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

comet4A new programme of Winter Open Meetings for 2018-19 will begin at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Details will be published when available.