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.

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'.

MYSTERY surrounds a Helensburgh man who is credited with having invented the electric gramophone pickup.

Burgh-born Charles Johnson sold the patent for the pickup to record giants HMV in 1929.

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.

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.

A HANDSOME silver medal found in America focussed attention on the history of cycling in the Helensburgh area.

It was found by Lesli Hiller, of Long Island, New York, among her grandparents belongings.

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