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MEMBERS of the Helensburgh Naturalist and Antiquarian Society at the end of the 19th century would surely be absolute pillars of virtue.

But were they all? The so-called ‘Controversy on the Clyde’ in which they were involved is about forgeries, and remains a whodunnit to this day.

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The story of the setting up and growth of Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group
written by founder Mrs Mary Haggarty.

2002—2003

ONE day in 2002 while sitting in Arrochar Church reading the Pews News, I saw that our minister, who covers Luss as well as Arrochar, was asking the congregation to look out their old photos and articles so that they could be displayed in the new Pilgrimage centre in Luss.

Being absolutely ‘planted’ in the soil of Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui I was horrified — something else disappearing from our villages. So by the time the sermon had finished I had made up my mind that I would need to do something.

j.arnold-fleming-wTHE existing minutes of Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society date from 1926: whatever records there were prior to that date have either been lost or destroyed.

However, there is documentary evidence that Flower Shows were held in Helensburgh as early as 1850.

Colquhoun-tartanSIR James Colquhoun of Luss registered the Colquhoun tartan with the Highland Society of London in 1817.

Sir James was born in Edinburgh on September 28 1774. It is recorded that he raised a company of volunteers in his father’s territory — the glens of south-western Loch Lomondside — and was appointed their captain “at a young age”.

burgh-coat-of-arms-wA HELENSBURGH institution left the town in 2009 after 173 years . . . the local court.

The District Court sat for the last time in the burgh on Wednesday December 9, with JP Andrew Nicolson from Rhu on the bench. From 2010 it and all the other local courts are being held in the enlarged and refurbished court building in Dumbarton.

burns-club-wIN the year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Helensburgh once again has a Burns Club.

In the weeks prior to Burns Night on January 25 2009, a group of local people got together, formed a steering group, and revived Helensburgh Burns Club which had ceased to exist in about 1951.

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