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saltireI WAS wondering if you could help me. I am a bit of a family historian and in the course of my research found out that my Great Great Uncle, by the name of James Bruce, worked at Camis Eskan, Helensburgh.

On his sister's death record from 1903 his address is given as Camis Eskan. I think he might have been a gardener or perhaps a groom of some sort, as he emigrated to Canada around 1909 and worked on a Clydesdale horse stud farm in Ontario.

HMS_PursuerI NOTICED that the Faslane-based patrol boat HMS Pursuer took a leading part in the Henry Bell and the Comet bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh on Saturday August 4, and I immediately recalled another Royal Navy vessel of the same name, an escort carrier in World War Two.

My father, Gerald Thomas Jones, naval registration JX53553, was the telegraphist on HMS Pursuer (right) following the Russian Convoy run in the Arctic Circle.

new_zealand_flagI AM looking for family history and possible relatives of my great-grandfather’s sister, Christina Burns, who had Rhu and Helensburgh connections.

Christina was the sister of my great-grandfather, John Burns (1834-1883) who had an adventurous life — he was a gold miner at one point but became a baker — and died in New Zealand.

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