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TV inventor's father wrote book at 84

A PROMINENT Helensburgh man wrote his first and only book at the age of 84.

And finding out about it came as a real surprise to his grandson, Professor Malcolm Baird, son of TV inventor John Logie Baird.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:45 )


Finlay McNab: a Portincaple legend

OVER the years one name has become synonymous with the Loch Longside village of Portincaple . . . Finlay McNab.

The name came up again when Helensburgh Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble was given a copy of a one-page letter from the LochGoil & Inveraray Steam Boat Company on their headed notepaper awarding a sub-contract to him.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 July 2014 14:54 )

Sawmill Field and Railway Glen

AN EXPLANATION has been found for why areas at Camis Eskan, Helensburgh, are named Sawmill Field and Railway Glen.

The questions arose after Heritage Trust member Pat Wiseman read in May 2014 about land for future housing including Sawmill Field at Cardross Road, below Mill House, in an Argyll and Bute Council Local Development Notice.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 15:34 )

Protests against Orange walk

AN ORANGE Walk took place in Helensburgh on Saturday June 28 2014 despite much opposition beforehand from the people of the town.

The aim of Orange Walks is to celebrate the victory of the Protestant King William III — also known as William of Orange — over the Roman Catholic King James VII of Scotland and II of England at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 December 2014 17:00 )

Iconic Fruin cottage changes hands

THE picturesque if decrepit Tamnavoulin Cottage in Glen Fruin was sold in 2015 by owners Luss Estates.

The Glasgow office of estate agents Savills invited offers over £140,000, as planning permission had been obtained for a more modern dwelling, but the property sold for £97,123 to a private buyer.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 April 2015 11:16 )

Doubt cast on WW2 crash cause

SATURDAY March 15 2014 was the 70th anniversary of the fatal crash of a flying boat which took off from the Gareloch off Rhu Hangars.

An expert on the design of hulls of flying boats was on board on a cold and frosty morning when the top-secret experimental aircraft took off from the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at what was then called RAF Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:56 )

Mystery wall marking

CUP and ring marks — a form of prehistoric art — have been found on rocks at Luss and many other places in the West of Scotland.

But the last place Helensburgh website designer Jim Chestnut expected to find an example was near Helensburgh Upper Station.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:20 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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

  • 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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