THE Helensburgh Heritage Trust Photo Gallery has 2,179 images in 23 different albums. To find a particular picture, use the Photo Gallery search facility.
The 23 albums — one of which spotlights the Helensburgh-born inventor of television, John Logie Baird, another steamship pioneer Henry Bell, including the 2012 bicentenary celebrations, and a third Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law — are all on different themes; and the most recent uploads are shown at the foot of the home page.
A BIOPIC on Helensburgh-born television pioneer John Logie Baird is planned by London-based Free@Last TV, which has set up a Scottish branch in Glasgow and is partnering with local talent on a slate of comedy and drama.
The projects they have in the pipeline include To See Ourselves, a drama being made in partnership with the the Baird family.
THE redevelopment of the historic Helensburgh seafront mansion Cairndhu — home for many years of the first Baron Strathclyde — is already attracting admiring glances.
The peerage became extinct when the Baron, Alexander Ure, died in the house on October 2 1928, and Cairndhu remained a private home until the Second World War when it was requisitioned by the Royal Navy for use as a degaussing base.
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.
A FOLK singer who came to live in Helensburgh 2007 is famous throughout Scotland and has been described as having ‘a God given voice that knocks you sideways’.
Kirsten Easdale, who now lives with her partner, fine art photographer Steve Niblock, in Arrochar, has performed at major international festivals and events worldwide and supported artists like Shane McGowan and Donnie Munroe of Runrig.
A FORMER professional footballer who spent the last 18 years of his life in Helensburgh managed Manchesder United for five years and Ipswich Town for 18 years.
Butcher’s son Adam Scott Mathewson Duncan, known to his friends as Scooby, was born in Dumbarton on November 2 1888, one of seven siblings, and died in Helensburgh on October 3 1976 aged 87.
RAF HELENSBURGH at Rhu during World War Two also included the Prestwick airfield.
Flying boats flew from the Gareloch but were not suitable for every type of trial, so the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment had aircrew and land planes at the Ayrshire town, maintained by Scottish Aviation.
THE HELENSBURGH Town Council visitors book, covering 1947-75, appeared for sale at an auction house in Folkestone in Kent in May — and has been bought by Helensburgh Heritage Trust.
Quite how it got there is a mystery. However the Trust was alerted to its potential sale both by member Penny Johnston and by Phil Worms of the former Helensburgh Heroes project.
2020-21 Annual Report
The past year has been a very challenging time for everyone. There can be no organisation, employer or indeed any citizen who has not been affected in some way. Helensburgh Heritage Trust is no exception to this and like many other organisations we have been driven in the direction of technology and the internet to maintain continuity.
A series of Board meetings as well as our AGM have been held via the Zoom Platform. This has meant some alterations to our constitution and I would like to thank Stewart Noble in particular for his experience and diligence in this respect.
Our previous Chairman, David Clark resigned at the end of the last financial year and I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Trust Board to thank David for his sterling work over the years. After several months with no chairman, I decided to offer the board my services and I’m delighted to say that I was elected by them in August. It will be a big job to try to match David’s enthusiasm and effort but I will do my best.
I would also like to thank Geoff Tompson who resigned from the Trust Board in September. Geoff and his wife Trudi were both directors but sadly Trudi had to resign because of ill health in 2018 and passed away not long afterwards, after succumbing to a bravely borne illness. We understand Geoff’s decision and thank him for his contribution. Geoff’s departure has been balanced by the co-opting of Alison Gildea to the board. It is good to have another woman on the board – particularly one with the array of business and creative skills that Alison brings.
It was very disappointing for us to have to cancel our series of Winter Talks at the Council Offices. There was, of course no alternative to this. However, Stewart Noble held a very interesting and enjoyable ‘webinar’ talk on John Logie Baird. Donald Fullarton and Jim Chestnut have continued to improve the excellent HHT website which attracts considerable interest worldwide. During the year a couple of newsletters were produced for members. On the social media side, our Helensburgh Memories Facebook Group once again saw growth and now has more than 8,400 members worldwide.
Planning permission has been granted for a display board beside the RAF Helensburgh memorial at Kidston Park. Although the cost of this can be met from the Trust’s own funds, we are grateful for considerable assistance of a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. Further donations will of course also be much appreciated.
The Trust has significant input into the committee which has been formed with a view to celebrating the centenary of John Logie Baird’s invention of television in 1925. This committee includes Iain Baird, the pioneer’s grandson as well as Brian Keating who is the man behind the Scottish Submarine Centre and the Tower Digital Arts Centre. We look forward to keeping you informed of progress in organising exhibitions and events to celebrate the achievements of Helensburgh’s most famous son.