THE SCOTTISH Place Name Society held its annual conference at the Three Villages Hall in Arrochar on Saturday November 2.

One presentation was about mountain names around Arrochar — based on Pont's early map — one of which is Ben Arthur, or the Cobbler.

Scottish Place-Name Society
Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba

1000–1055  Registration and coffee/tea
1055–1100  Welcome
1100–1150  Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson and Elizabeth Carmichael: Arrochar Place-names and the Hidden Heritage Project
1150–1240  Ronald Black: Place-names in the Dewar Manuscripts
1240–1255  Simon Taylor: Introducing Place-names of the Aird and Strathglass, Inverness-shire, by Simon Taylor with Ronald Maclean and Jake King
1255–1355  Lunch and book launch
1355–1420  Peter Drummond: The Cobbler and his Neighbours: Some Mountain Names around Arrochar
1420–1445  Alison Grant: The Nicolaisen Archive
1445–1515  Alan Cameron: The Place-names in the Poem Flory Loynachan
1515–1545  Bill Stephens: Sneaky Swans: Ealaidh in Place and Tradition
1545–1600  Closing Discussion

  • Photo by Brian Kay.

THE ORIGINS of Helensburgh street names was on the agenda at Helensburgh Heritage Trust's second Winter Open meeting, held at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Wednesday October 30.

The meeting began with the Trust AGM conducted by chairman the Rev David Clark, then former Trust director Sandy Kerr provided an insight into the rich diversity of names given to streets in the burgh.

Writing on the subject in the Trust book '200 Years of Helensburgh', published in 2002, Sandy stated: "There are almost no street names for which we can be sure of an origin as the minutes of the Town Council and successor bodies simply record the decisions and not the reasons behind them.

"In some cases there are a number of perfectly possible justifications for the choice of a name. The real joy of attempting to explain the origins of the names lie in the many unsuspected connections that turn up."

Helensburgh's last Provost, the late Norman M.Glen, in front of the street named after him.

Photo by the late Kenneth Crawford.

FIFTEEN Helensburgh Heritage Trust members had the opportunity to relish and inspect the history of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club at Rhu on Thursday October 10.

The trust accepted an invitation from club archivist Jon Reid after he spoke on the club’s golden years at a Trust open meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in March.

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.

A TOURING display from the National Library of Scotland which told the fascinating story of the development of the Scots diet over the past 400 years was on show at Helensburgh Library in October.

It was part of a Scotland-wide tour that aims to introduce the National Library’s collections to people across the country, close to where they live.

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

Trust chairman the Rev David Clark introduced Dr Kirsty Millican, Aerial Survey Projects Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, who gave an illustrated talk on 'The Archeology of Scotland from the Air'.

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.

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