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HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust is seeking a new chairman.

The chairman for the past four years, the Rev David Clark, retired from the post and as a Trustee at the end of March 2020.

THE IMAGE GALLERY on this Helensburgh Heritage Trust website has now reached a new milestone . . . its 2,000th image.

Website editor Donald Fullarton says that it has taken ten years, and it is now — like the main website — a huge resource of images of local people and places of years gone by.

THE FINAL Winter Open Meeting of the 2019-20 season has been cancelled because of the advice being given in the current coronavirus crisis.

Tony Belk was to speak on 'Coastal defences of the Upper Clyde' in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday March 25, and he will be invited instead to speak during the 2020-21 season.

HER Royal Highness Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, had a huge impact on Helensburgh and Garelochside, where she lived in Rosneath Castle and loved the beauty and quietness of the Gareloch.

The area provided a haven for her in her later years after a fascinating and busy earlier life inevitable for a daughter of Britain’s longest serving monarch from 1837-1901.

HELENSBURGH has always prided itself that a Prime Minister came from the burgh, despite the fact that he is known as “The Unknown Prime Minister”.

A Conservative, the Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law MP occupied 10 Downing Street for just 209 days in 1922-23, succeeding the much better known Liberal, David Lloyd George, who had served from 1916-22.

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967 at the age of 77.

SCOTLAND’S smallest Burgh, Cove and Kilcreggan, turned its attention to a public water supply only fifteen years after attaining burgh status.

Feueing of land for house building there began in 1848. A mere seventeen years later, the inhabitants were contemplating a move to form themselves into a burgh — showing clearly that there was a spirit of ambition within the fledgling community.

THE STORY of Helensburgh’s water supply begins with the town’s first Provost, steamship pioneer Henry Bell.

This inventive genius first suggested the idea of bringing a piped water supply to the town.

WHEN David Pike read an article on this Helensburgh Heritage Trust website about a Consolidated Catalina flying boat crash landing he was very surprised . . .

The description of the incident on Saturday January 31 1942 mentioned his late grandfather, Squadron Leader Phillip Pike, as the pilot.

TRAVEL, places and a star of the past were the topics at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s February open meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday February 26.

There was a good attendance for the second annual Trustees Night, when three members of the Trust Board were introduced by chairman the Rev David Clark and spoke about very different subjects.

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust's very well attended first open meeting of 2020 heard about progress on repairing the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed mansion The Hill House in Upper Colquhoun Street.

The speaker at the meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Wednesday January 29 was Suzie Reid of the National Trust for Scotland, who was accompanied by Hill House helper Tayla Egbers from Helensburgh, Australia.

A Religious Heritage Exhibition set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust is on show in the main hall of the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

It was organised by Trust director Nigel Allan and will be on display until March.

Welcome to Helensburgh Heritage

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WELCOME to the Helensburgh Heritage Trust website.

We hope you find it simple to navigate, with 1,618 articles, a Photo Gallery with 2,003 images in 22 albums, letters, downloads, and links to 110 local websites.

Contributions are welcome, and should be emailed using Contact Us.

Follow this link to see a list of, and links to, all the articles in the various categories.

Helensburgh Heritage Centre

See the Heritage Trust heritage display cases at Helensburgh Library during opening hours: Monday 9.30am-5pm; Tuesday 9.30am-5pm; Wednesday 9.30am-5pm; Thursday 9.30am-8pm; Friday 9.30am-5pm; Saturday 9.30am-1pm.
See also Helensburgh Memories on Facebook

2019-20 Winter Open Meetings

Wednesday September 25 — Kirsty Millican: Scotland from the Air.
Wednesday October 30 — AGM; then Sandy Kerr: Origins of Helensburgh street names.
Wednesday November 27 — David Clark: History of Golf Clubs in Lennox.
Wednesday January 29 — Suzie Reid: National Trust work at Hill House.
Wednesday February 26 — Trustees Stewart Noble, Donald Fullarton, Chris Sanders: brief talks on topics from the past.
Wednesday March 25 — Tony Belk: Coastal defences of the Upper Clyde. POSTPONED TO NEXT WINTER.
Meetings, open to all, in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, 7.30pm.

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