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THE HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust Winter Talks series for 2019-20 begins on Wednesday evening September 25 in the Marriage Room at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street at 7.30pm prompt.

Trust chairman the Rev David Clark will introduce Dr Kirsty Millican, Aerial Survey Projects Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, who will give 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.

AN ELDERLY Australian is trying to find out more about his family who lived in the Kilcreggan area until they emigrated Down Under in 1877.

Don Anderson, who is in his 80s, has already done a lot of research, and he is very keen to find the last few pieces of the family jigsaw and whether there are still any family members living locally.

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 SUMMER of 2019, with the much-loved paddle steamer Waverley out of action because of boiler problems, the Clyde off Helensburgh seemed quiet and a lot less fascinating.

But that was certainly not the case in 1949-50, when the then favourite Clyde steamer had extremely noisy jet engines.

THE 150th anniversary of one of the Clyde’s worst tragedies, the death by drowning of a family of eight from Cardross, was on Sunday July 7 2019.

Details of the tragedy have been supplied by a distant relative of the family, Graham Campbell, who would like to find out if there are any family members still living in the Cardross and Helensburgh area.

HAND-WRITTEN notes and sketches by Lieutenant Commander Leo Lane RNVR discovered in 2019 have confirmed RAF Helensburgh’s role in organising the Barnes Wallis Highball bouncing bomb trials on Loch Striven.

These trials took place in September and October 1944, but at the end of World War Two RAF Helensburgh went into mothballs.

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 developments 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, are held in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm.

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