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A NEW exhibition from the Anderson (Local Collection) Trust opens to the public in Helensburgh Library in West King Street on Saturday January 11.

The exhibition, which will remain open until June, encompasses two interests very close to the heart of its donor, Nance Anderson MBE: music and art.

A DVD made by Helensburgh Heritage Trust in 2014 to record memories of local people who were living in the area During World War Two was shown at a well attended meeting of the University of the Third Age in the Helensburgh Parish Church large hall on Monday December 9.

The DVD was made jointly by Stewart Noble of the Trust and Robert Bell of West Highland Photography, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under its 'All Our Stories' programme.

Stewart introduced the showing, and said that Robert could supply copies of the DVD. It featured, among others, Dennis Royal, Michael Wilson, Cecilia Dunlop, Jenny Sanders, Gordon Burgess, Willie Lamond and Bobby Brodie.

AS PART of Helensburgh's Winter Festival, Helensburgh Heritage Trust offered Town Centre Walks on Saturday November 30.

The walks started from outside the Victoria Halls at 10.30am, led by Stewart Noble, and at 2pm, led by Nigel Millar.

Stewart said: "It gave people a chance to see Helensburgh through a different pair of eyes!"

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.

THE B-20 was a revolutionary World War Two flying boat about to be put through its paces by RAF Helensburgh before it was granted the airworthy certificate to allow full production.

But tragically the Dumbarton-developed aircraft never arrived at the Gareloch base.

'The Old Soldier of the Gareloch Head'

This poem was written by Professor John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895).

Professor Blackie was appointed to the Greek Chair in Edinburgh University in 1852. He worked hard to preserve the Gaelic language and literature and he was instrumental in founding the Chair of Celtic Literature in the University of Edinburgh.

His Scottish-related poetry was published in "Lyrical Poems" (1860), and "Lays of the Highlands and Islands" (1872).

I've wander'd east and west,
   And a soldier I hae been;
The scars upon my breast
   Tell the wars that I have seen.

But now I'm old and worn,
   And my locks are thinly spread,
And I'm come to die in peace,
   By the Gareloch Head.

When I was young and strong,
   Oft a wandering I would go,
By the rough shores of Loch Long,
   Up to lone Glencroe.

But now I'm fain to rest,
   And my resting-place I've made,
On the green and gentle bosom
   Of the Gareloch Head.

'Twas here my Jeanie grew,
   Like a lamb amid the flocks,
With her eyes of bonnie blue,
   And her gowden locks.

And here we often met,
   When with lightsome foot we sped,
O'er the green and grassy knolls
   At the Gareloch Head.

AN ENGINEER from Helensburgh is one of the world’s most highly cited scientists whose work is often used by others.

Professor Robert Maxwell McMeeking is a key figure in the international engineering world.

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.

THE HISTORY of the golf courses in Helensburgh and district was to the fore at the November open meeting of Helensburgh Heritage Trust on Wednesday evening.

The speaker at the third meeting of the winter series in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street was the Trust’s chairman, keen golfer the Rev David Clark.

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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 — Suzie Reid: 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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