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Alex-Breingan-wIF THERE is one name from Helensburgh’s civic past — apart from Henry Bell — which still resonates today, it is that of Breingan.

You only have to google the name of Alexander Breingan, and without even opening any websites you find that he was the first captain of Helensburgh Golf Club — and the Breingan Medal, presented in 1894, is the club’s oldest trophy.

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SUFFRAGETTES were blamed for setting fire to a huge luxury yacht in the Gareloch in 1913 . . . but did they?

The steam launch Beryl, owned by the 3rd Lord Inverclyde, was moored for the winter in Rosneath Bay and was gutted by a blaze five days before Christmas.

Christina-Menzies-wA 2017 APPEAL for information to solve the mystery of the murder in Germany of a former pupil of Helensburgh’s Lomond School in 1993 received massive traditional media and social media coverage.

Christina Menzies, who was 16, was attacked and strangled near the British military airfield RAF Gütersloh after attending a disco in Club 47 at the base on June 12.

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THE PRIME mover in the formation of Headline Helensburgh, the talking newspaper serving the blind and otherwise visually handicapped in the town and district, had her own remarkable story.

The now twice-a-month local news service on cassette first made its appearance at the end of December 1975, and it is the oldest registered talking newspaper in Scotland

The-Sphere-wAN IMAGE of a Helensburgh man dominated the front page of a major newspaper published in London 105 years ago.

The burgh man who was to become Prime Minister, Andrew Bonar Law, was on page one of the February 24 1912 edition of ‘The Sphere’ to mark his becoming the new Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

Meehan cutoutA RETIRED American Ambassador from the Cold War era who lives in Helensburgh was interviewed about his colourful career on successive Sundays on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Good Morning Scotland’ programme.

Francis J.Meehan, who is 93, spoke to Bill Whitelaw about life in America's Foreign Service.

A SHABBY minute book, dating back to 1906, was the starting point for a paper chase that led to a windfall of £900 for Arrochar's local GP surgery.

The minute book of Arrochar Parish Sick Nursing Fund had been kept for over fifty years by Elizabeth Carson, the daughter of County Councillor John H.Carson, who was one of the last signatories on the fund's bank account.

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