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Norah-Neilson-Gray-wWORKS by three important artists with strong Helensburgh connections were on display at a Glasgow gallery recently.

Paintings by Norah Neilson Gray, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and James Whitelaw Hamilton were included in the Glasgow Boys & Glasgow Girls exhibition at Ewan Mundy Fine Art, 211 West George Street.

Comet_website_home_page2012 was the year of the bicentenary of Henry Bell's Comet steamship, and the Comet Bicentenary Committee set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust organised first a website and then the celebrations themselves.

It has been agreed to keep the Comet website online until 2015, but all the material which is on that website, including many heritage articles about Bell himself and the vessel, an excerpt from the 1897 book 'Annals of Garelochside' by W.C.Maughan, and a feature by Bell's biographer, the late Brian D.Osborne, has been copied to the Henry Bell section of this website.

All appropriate images from the past and the celebrations have also been copied to the Photo Gallery on this website, with an album devoted to the subject.

The Trust is in the process of preparing a dvd of Henry Bell material for use in local schools.

Fair_Maid_of_PerthA FASCINATING piece of literary history was uncovered during renovations at a popular Helensburgh hostelry, the Ashton in West Princes Street, in December 2011.

The removal of panelling in the front of the public house to open up the windows revealed a set of ten sepia-toned ceramic tiles, each featuring characters from the Waverley Novels by Sir Walter Scott.

Loch-Longs-book-cover-wTHE long-awaited 'next chapter' in the story of the Loch Longs, the gutsy little racing yachts designed and built at McGruer and Company on the Gareloch, has been published.

Jamie Bruce Lockhart brings the story right up to date in his follow-up to “Loch Longs the First Fifty Years” which was published for the Golden Jubilee of the class with “Loch Longs, the third quarter century 1987 - 2012.”

Clydebank-Write-on-Time-book-wTWO Helensburgh writers have contributed to a new book published by Clydebank Life Story Group.

Entitled 'Write on Time', it contains 87 pages of stories, rhymes and poems, many of them illustrated, from members and associate members of the group, and it is their fifth book.

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IT is fascinating researching Helensburgh and district history — and really rewarding when mysteries are solved or searches are successful. 

So to start 2012, here are a few areas of research the Trust website is involved in, and images we are seeking. The first concerns the image of a man and his dog (below), in fact Flying Officer Roy Henderson, of Dungoyne, Helensburgh, who destroyed a Messerschmitt 410 fighter bomber in a forward battle area in 1944.

morlaggan_grabAN OPPORTUNITY to find out all about the remarkable excavations at High Morlaggan, near Arrochar, was offered on Saturday January 14 at the Three Villages Community Hall. 

The Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group held a double event in celebration of the excavations, including a book launch, entitled ‘People, Pottery and the Past’.

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