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Helensburgh's postal past

HELENSBURGH’s postal history was examined at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s final open meeting of the winter season on Wednesday March 26.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 March 2014 16:07 )

 

Rise and fall of Alexander Donald

THE fascinating story of a Cardross man who went to live in America, became a friend of Thomas Jefferson, then became a bankrupt in a debtors prison was told to Helensburgh Heritage Trust on Wednesday evening, February 26.

James Donald travelled from his Dorset home to describe the colourful life of his forebear Alexander Donald of Geilston, who lived from 1745 until 1808.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 March 2014 16:08 )

Talk on Training Ships

A CHANCE meeting in the graveyard of Rhu Church led to a villager researching the Training Ships Cumberland and Empress.

John Birch, who lives in Cumberland Terrace, met ex-Provost Billy Petrie in the graveyard, where some of the staff and pupils of the ships are buried — and their chat inspired him to find out more.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 February 2014 19:01 )

Burgh led way on voting reform

HELENSBURGH was quick to respond to the national campaign to give more people the vote in 1884 — by staging only the second demonstration in Scotland.

This was revealed by Edinburgh University history and classics lecturer Mark Nixon when he spoke to Helensburgh Heritage Trust's final 2013 open meeting last Wednesday evening (November 27).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 February 2014 17:46 )

How submarine silence evolved

THE evolution of techniques to reduce the noise made by submarines and surface vessels was described to Helensburgh Heritage Trust members and guests at the second open meeting of the winter season on Wednesday October 30 2013.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 October 2013 15:58 )

Renovation of Ferry Inn

THE RENOVATION of Rosneath’s historic Ferry Inn and Ferry Inn Cottage was the topic of Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s first 2013-14 winter open meeting on Wednesday September 25.

 

The speaker was the owner of the two properties, American dentist Dr Joe Brown, who with the help of his wife and several local tradesmen has restored the buildings.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 October 2013 15:51 )

Trust buys historic clock

AN HISTORIC carriage clock presented to a Boer War soldier from Helensburgh in 1901 has returned to the town for the first time in many years.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 May 2013 18:11 )

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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 by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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Scottish Charity
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