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Factor's triplet son died in crash

TRIPLETS set out from Helensburgh to fight for their country in World War One . . . but one did not return.

RAF pilot Lieutenant William Russell Jnr., son of Luss Estates Factor William Russell, was killed in a flying accident on April 3 1918, just two days after the RAF officially came into existence.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 December 2015 18:27 )

 

Villagers hosted Belgian refugees

FOUR members of a Belgian refugee family spent part of World War One living in Garelochhead.

Now an historical society in their home town in Belgium, Zwijndrecht en Burcht, wants to find out more about them, and if possible find family members who can can supply more information about the stay in Scotland.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:10 )

Baird and Buchanan: lifelong friends

CELEBRATIONS marking the 90th anniversary in October 2015 of Helensburgh inventor John Logie Baird successfully transmitting the first ever grey-scale television image would have delighted a famous old friend.

The great entertainer Jack Buchanan, who was born in the burgh on April 2 1890, was a lifelong supporter of the TV inventor and invested in the new medium.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 November 2015 18:54 )

Poets wrote for burgh boy

IT IS remarkable enough that two world famous writers both taught at Helensburgh’s former Larchfield School, now part of Lomond School.

But both actually wrote brief poems for one of their burgh pupils.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 November 2015 16:36 )

Heinkels flew to 'Little Norway'

HELENSBURGH was known for a time during World War Two as ‘Little Norway’.

That was also the name given to a Norwegian Air Force base formed in Toronto during the autumn of 1940.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 November 2015 17:05 )

Remembrance tribute to MAEE

EACH Remembrance Sunday a Poppy Cross is placed at the Rhu War Memorial on the village green in memory of men who died while serving at RAF Helensburgh in World War Two.

RAF Helensburgh was the cover name for a secret wing of the Royal Air Force, the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, which tested experimental flying boats.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 November 2015 19:06 )

Provost father of Clyde yachting

ONE of the outstanding men of Helensburgh’s past served as Provost of the burgh twice and is considered to be the father of Clyde yachting.

He is mostly referred to as James Smith of Jordanhill, but Donald MacLeod’s 1883 book ‘A Nonogenarian’s Reminiscences of Garelochside and Helensburgh’ states that he lived in the district almost all his adult life.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 November 2015 18:55 )

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EGM before February Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting is on February 24 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm. After an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss and, if agreed, resolve that the Trust become a SCIO, Sue Furness and Fiona Jackson will talk on 'Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers'.

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 — Extraordinary General Meeting at 7.30; then 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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