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Rosina-Drew-wFLAGS were at half-mast throughout Helensburgh and Rhu when a much-loved centenarian died at what is now the Ardencaple Hotel.

In the summer of 2011 a photo of Rosina Drew when she was 100 turned up in the United States after a house in the Kansas-Missouri area was cleared, and hers is a fascinating story.

Augusta_lodge_entranceA ROMANTIC elopement did not bring happiness to a society beauty who spent much of her life in Helensburgh and district.

Lady Augusta Campbell — after whose home the former Augusta Lodge café on Helensburgh seafront was named — was born on March 31 1760, a daughter of the 5th Duke of Argyll and his wife who was the widow of the Duke of Hamilton.

Craigellachie-02.09.11-wHELENSBURGH has been the home of many notable doctors over the years, but one has gone into local history for two quite different reasons. 

Dr Fordyce Messer’s double claim to fame is that his coachman, coach and horse disappeared into the Gareloch, never to be seen again, and he is also responsible for the two ‘devils’ facing St Michael and All Angels Church in William Street.

Rosemount-29.08.11-wA POPULAR Helensburgh doctor of the past was instantly recognisable because he almost always wore a white hat.

Teacher's son William Robert Sewell, MD, CM, VD, JP, lived in the attractive 19th century villa, Rosemount, 10 West Argyle Street, with its coach house at the rear.

Noreen-Maxwell-wA HELENSBURGH woman devoted her life to the service of others in far off countries.

Nora Maxwell — known to all as Noreen so as not to clash with her mother’s name — was a senior information officer with the United Nations.

Meg-BrownONE of Helensburgh and district’s most remarkable and best known residents for many years died in September 2006 at the age of 90.

Meg Brown was a nurse for 40 years, a war heroine, a natural historian, a writer — and an international expert on rabbits.

Lord-Osborne-wA HELENSBURGH man who was the longest serving judge of the current Scottish bench retired in May 2011.

It was the end of a highly distinguished legal career for 73 year-old Lord Osborne, born Kenneth Hilton Osborne in the burgh in 1937.

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