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THE War Memorial Families Project in Helensburgh launched a comprehensive new website on Remembrance Sunday.

A team of four from the Friends of Hermitage Park spent more than a year researching the 206 casualties of World War One named on the cenotaph in Hermitage Park to create the website helensburghwarmemorial.co.uk.

A BOOK of photographs featuring the late Dr Jim Taggart of the Linn Gardens at Cove has just been published.

Photographer Robbie Lawrence collaborated with renowned poet John Burnside in preparing 'A Voice Above The Linn', a 134 page book published by Stanley/Barker at £38.

A LITTLE part of Glen Fruin can now be found at a golf club near Chicago.

The Merit Club successfully created its own monument to the 1603 Battle of Glen Fruin on the course at Libertyville, Illinois, 45 miles north of Chicago in time for the 15th annual club tournament called ‘The Battle of Glen Fruin’, created by member Mark Jensen after reading about the battle.

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 HELENSBURGH man was one of the ship’s company declared ‘missing believed killed’ when the battlecruiser HMS Hood was shelled and sank on May 24 1941.

The sinking by the German battleship Bismarck was one of the largest World War Two losses of life for the Royal Navy, and it sparked a huge pursuit of the Bismarck, which was destroyed three days later.

THE CAPTAIN who ferried Consolidated Coronado JX470 to RAF Helensburgh in April 1943 had earned a place in aviation history.

Dana Gentry could have told test pilots at the officers mess in Rhu of his flying exploits crossing the Atlantic, if he had the mind to.

A MEMBER of a well-known Helensburgh family this year launched the world’s first luxury fashion styling game online.

After a high flying career in magazine editing, Lucy Yeomans — whose parents Harry and Margot ran the Mardon House and Balvaird residential and nursing homes in Colquhoun Street from the mid-80s until 2005 — is behind a game called Drest.

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust has a new chairman.

Trustee and local businessman Robert Ryan has agreed to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of the Rev David Clark at the end of March. His appointment will be ratified at the next AGM.

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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.

Welcome to Helensburgh Heritage

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WELCOME to the Helensburgh Heritage Trust website.

We hope you find it simple to navigate, with 1,666 articles, a Photo Gallery with 2,083 images in 22 albums, letters, 18 document downloads, and links to 112 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.

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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.
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2020-21 Winter Open Meetings

Wednesday November 18 — AGM: Zoom meeting online at 7pm.
Wednesday January 27 — Open Meeting: topic to be announced.
Wednesday February 24 — Open Meeting: topic to be announced.
Wednesday March 31 — Open Meeting: topic to be announced.
Meetings, open to all, in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, 7.30pm.

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