THE EXTRAORDINARY story of a young ballet dancer’s traumatic journey from southwestern Russia to Helensburgh has just been compiled by her nephew.

Alistair Quinlan, who grew up in the burgh but now lives in Ashford in Kent, kindly agreed that the Trust could retell Vera Nina Dobudoglo’s life on this website.

THE 2020 Coronavirus worldwide is scary, heart-breaking or deadly, depending on how it affects individuals. But a pandemic hitting Helensburgh is not new.

It happened a century ago, from January 1918 to December 1920, and it was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus.

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.

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.

A CENTURY ago a steady flow of visitors beat a path to the door of Susie and her ‘Castle’, an upturned half-hull of a fishing boat on the shore at Portincaple.

Postcards showing her and the unusual dwelling were prepared and sold well. However, Edwardian excursionists soon found out that the short crossing of Loch Long from Portincaple brought them to the home of another notable person.

A PROMINENT Helensburgh man who died on January 21 1918 at the age of 94 was one of the world’s most famous children’s doctors.

Professor Gavin Arneil, who had a home in the district for nearly 60 years, had a huge impact on child health in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, earning many honours, and his advice was sought by fellow paediatricians in countries far and wide.

THREE SETS of stained glass windows from the demolished St Bride’s Church are displayed in Helensburgh Library . . . but only two of them are memorials.

The windows — all the work of artist Viola Paterson — were found by Helensburgh Heritage Trust and restored by Scotland’s leading glass artist Brian Hutchison in 2001.

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