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FIFTEEN Helensburgh Heritage Trust members have the opportunity to relish and inspect the history of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club at Rhu next Thursday at 10am.

The trust accepted an invitation from club archivist Jon Reid after he spoke on the club’s golden years at a Trust open meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in March.

THE HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust Winter Talks series for 2019-20 began on Wednesday September 25 in the Marriage Room at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

Trust chairman the Rev David Clark introduced Dr Kirsty Millican, Aerial Survey Projects Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, who gave an illustrated talk on 'The Archeology of Scotland from the Air'.

DURING its 200 years as a town, Helensburgh has had a number or private schools — particularly for nursery age children.

Helensburgh Heritage Trust has received an inquiry from Robert Whitton, in Edinburgh, who has been researching one such school, Miss Ottman’s, and has unearthed much of the family tree.

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.

AN INFANTRY sergeant from Garelochead won two gallantry medals before he was killed in action on September 4 1917.

Born in Garelochhead on June 7 1896, Sergeant Norman Connor, of the 17th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (3rd Glasgow), had the unusual distinction of winning the Military Medal for bravery in the field twice in Flanders.

A COLOURFUL young man who died from wounds received on the Western Front at Ypres is named on the Garelochhead War Memorial.

Second Lieutenant Ronald George Brooman-White was born in the exclusive then Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square on August 10 1892.

THE GREAT grandson of the founder of Teachers Whisky, a young Army officer from Cove, was killed in action in the Flanders trenches on May 14 1916.

Second Lieutenant William George Teacher, who was 22, lost his life while in command of his company at Thiepval, a few weeks before the start of the Somme campaign.

AN EXHIBITION of memorabilia and photographs from the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club has opened in the community area at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

CANOEING on Loch Lomond provided a fascinating talk and great pictures at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s February Open Meeting on Wednesday evening.

The well attended meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street enjoyed a presentation given by Trust director Robert Ryan and his canoeing partner, Ritchie Forrester.

EARLY Clyde steamer dramas, a World War One officer who was married a week after he died, and the work of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu during World War Two all featured at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s latest open meeting.

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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 — Richard Williams: National Trust work at Hill House
Wednesday February 26 — Trust members: brief talks on artefacts from the past
Wednesday March 25 — Tony Belk: Coastal defences of the Upper Clyde
Meetings, open to all, in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, 7.30pm.

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