dr-douglas-brownTHE John Logie Baird workshops workshops were given to older primary school pupils in their own school.

They were funded by a grant of £4,000 to Helensburgh Heritage Trust from the "Awards for All" section of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a grant of £3,000 from Strathclyde Science and Technology Forum. A small deficit was paid from the Heritage Trust funds.

manuscriptIN the week that the new Hermitage Academy at Colgrain was officially opened on June 4 2008, a book about a much older Helensburgh school came to light — and now it has been bought by Helensburgh Heritage Trust.

Antiquarian bookseller George Newlands, of McLaren Books in John Street, was offering for sale a manuscipt notebook about the establishment of Helensburgh's first school. The first page carries the note: “The Schoolhouse being ready and entered into upon July 3 1805."

newsletter-wTHREE different systems of identifying newsletters has been used:

1. Until June 2008, each newsletter had a volume and issue number and a date; thus 5/2 10/00 is volume 5, issue 2, October 2000.

comet4 HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust has launched a fund so that it can purchase local artefacts.

The board of the Trust approved the plan at a meeting on Thursday August 14 2008, and already the fund has attracted a few donations.

station-benchA VERY heavy piece of the history of Helensburgh Central Station was returned to the station in May 2008 — thanks to Helensburgh Heritage Trust.

When the Church of Scotland decided to close the Clyde View Eventide Home on East Montrose Street, they offered to the Trust an old station bench bearing the word Helensburgh, which must have been in use at the station in years gone by.

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Articles taken from other publications are omitted.

Categories are those used on the Helensburgh Heritage Trust website. There is also an extra category for those that I could not allocate. Some subjects appear under more than one heading.

 

The Arts.

Great Tapestry of Scotland (inc. links to Helensburgh) - October 2013

Stained-glass hospital door panel - January 2003

Stained-glass windows from St Bride's Church - October 2000; March 2001

 

Business.

Shops - June 2005.

 

Military.

British Army troop locations in Scotland 1745-1756 -  November 2020.

War Trophies - February 2014

First World War – spy - August 2006

Faslane (Second World War) - March 2000

K13 submarine memorial in Colquhoun Square - January 2020

Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (Second World War) - December 1999; June 2017

Second World War - June 1997; October 1997; December 1997; September 1999; October 2000

Second World War - prisoners of war in Helensburgh. May 2003; May 2003; December 2003

War Memorial Families Project - November 2020.

 

Places.

Barracks (The) (a group of houses) - August 2009

Beginnings of the town (inc 1802 properties) - June 1996; March 2006

Bicentenary monument - June 2005

Bicentenary poem by Eric Thompson - September 2002

Burgh boundary - beating the bounds - December 2000

Burgh boundary at Craigendoran Avenue - March 1997

Burgh boundary stones - May 2003

Burgh charter - September 2018

Colquhoun Square changes - February 2014; May 2015.

Feu from 1858 - March 1998

Failed Streets - November 2010

Geilston Gardens - April 2012

Geology - December 1996; March 1997; June 1997; October 1997; June 1998; December 1999; March 2000; October 2000; December 2000 

Hermitage Park - September 1996

Housing rents - August 2009

John Muir Way (opening of) - May 2015

Kirkmichael – History - September 2004; December 2004

Maps (early) - June 1999; May 2018

Municipal Buildings - stone cat - December 1996; October 1997

Names - origins of - March 1998

Quarry – June 1998

Sheep's Heid Building – February 2009

Street layout - June 2008

Streets (failed) - November 2010

Town Centre Conservation Area - January 2020

Victoria Halls - the building of - February 2010

Whistlefield - naming of - October 2011

 

Religion.

Baird, Rev John - June 1999; October 2000

Pilgrim's route - August 2003; December 2003; March 2004

Rhu and Shandon Parish Church - 350 years - March 1998

St Bride's Church - stained glass windows - October 2000; March 2001

St Peter's Seminary and the Kilmahew Education Trust - November 2020

 

Reminiscences.

Health and Safety before the First World War – November 2020

Helensburgh 1799 - September 2005

Helensburgh 1888 - December 2000

Helensburgh 1915-1942 - July 2001

Helensburgh 1918-1939 - October 2001; April 2002; June 2002

Helensburgh 1935 - March 2001

John Logie Baird and his son Malcolm at Larchfield School - September 1999

Malcolm Baird - a recollection - June 2005

Landing craft excursions 1946 - June 2010

Rhu 1799 - September 2005

 

Transport.

Air - Flights from Helensburgh - December 1997

Air - Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (Second World War) - December 1999; June 2017

Rail - Attitudes to railways in the 19th century - October 1998

Rail - Location of first railway station - December 2008

Rail - Timetable 1879 - September 2008

Rail - West Highland Railway - opening 1894 - September 2004

Rail - West Highland Railway - railway yard at Havelock Place – August 2009.

Rail - West Highland Railway blizzard 1984 - December 1998

Rail - Railways and local population - November 2012

Roads - Early car crash - December 2000

Roads - “Eternal Combustion Engine” (early local motor vehicles) – May 2015

Ships - Battle of Garelochhead (first Sunday steamer) - September 1996; July 2020

Ships - Bell: "Saga of Henry Bell"(poem by Eric Thompson) - August 2012

Ships - Comet Bicentenary - August 2012

Ships - Comet centenary supplement purchased - November 2020

Ships – Comet wreck – November 2020

Ships - Comet replica (renovation of) – March 1998; November 2020

Ships – Steamships before the “Comet” – November 2010

Ships - Cove Pier – March 2008

Ships – Helensburgh Pier closed to marine traffic – April 2019

Ships - Kilcreggan Pier centenary – October 1997

Ships - Greenock and Helensburgh Steamboat Company – November 2020

Ships - the Lucy Ashton and her jet engines – February 2009

Ships - Steamer explosion at Helensburgh - March 1997

Ships - Steamer timetable 1879 - December 2008

Telegraphs - early local history - August 2013

Various - Performances of the Past (How we travelled) – October 2001

 

Sport.

Football in Helensburgh before 1886 – January 2007

Outdoor swimming pool – March 2000

Performances of the Past (How we travelled) – October 2001

Skating pond – History – March 2004; December 2004

Sports men and women – December 2003

 

People.

Baird, Rev John – June 1999; October 2000

Baird, John Logie and his son Malcolm at Larchfield School – September 1999

Baird, John Logie - communicating with the occult – March 2006

Baird, John Logie - his mother's wedding dress; his notebooks, etc saved for the nation – October 2015; signed letter bought by Helensburgh Heritage Trust September 2017.

Baird, John Logie – commemorative coin November 2020

Bell, Margaret (Henry Bell's wife) – March 2008

Buchanan, Jack - first performance – March 2004

Craig, Daniel (wood turner) – February 2014

The Galbraiths of Culcreuch – December 2004 

Glen, Norman – Obituary – April 2002

Gray, Dr Anne – obituary – June 2008

Johnston, John – tribute – March 2013

Leiper, William (architect) – June 1998; December 1998; March 1999

Logan, Jimmy – obituary – July 2001

Maclachlan, George – silverware – March 2005; January 2007

Napier, Robert of Shandon (shipbuilder) – March 2005

Osborne, Brian – obituary – September 2008

Robert the Bruce (King Robert I) and Cardross – July 2001

Shaw, Margaret Fay (Gaelic language and music expert) – March 2005

Smith, Madeleine - and a chemist's bottle – November 2012

Wilde, Oscar in Helensburgh 1885 – September 2005

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Unable to fit into the Above Headings

Archaeological Group – March 2013

Battle of Glen Fruin – monument – October 1997

Battle of Glen Fruin – sword – August 2003

Battle of Glen Fruin – tournament at US golf club – July 2020; November 2020

Books: Recent Books of Local Interest – September 2014

Burgh Bicentenary – June 2002

Colgrain rubbish dump – July 2007; September 2007

Electoral corruption in 1880 – December 1997

Glen Fruin - Battle monument – October 1997

Glen Fruin - Battle – sword – August 2003

Glen Fruin - The Glen Finlas Raid of 1602 – March 2016

Glen Fruin – Battle – tournament at US golf club – July 2020; November 2020

Helensburgh - as seen from outside – September 2008

Helensburgh in Australia (two articles) – March 2001

Heritage Centre in Library (opening of) – August 2012

Heritage Centre in Library (update) – March 2013

John Muir Way (opening of) – May 2015

Lifeboat in Helensburgh – July 2000; October 2000

Luss Heritage (1500 years) – February 2010

Pier - Proposal for a bazaar at the Pier 1865 – December 2000

Schools – History – September 1996; December 1996; October 1998; March 1999

Schools - Hermitage Academy - historic artefacts – June 1998 (Australian flag); September 2005

Schools - Hermitage Academy history – July 2007

Schools - Larchfield School - John Logie Baird and his son Malcolm at – September 1999

Schools - The Scots Dominie Revisited – September 2014

Tapestry - The Great Tapestry of Scotland (inc. links to Helensburgh) – October 2013.

Telegraphs - early local history – August 2013

TV - replica kit – August 2009

Weather - Flood 1987 – September 2002

Website statistics - August 2009

Yair (tidal fish trap) - June 1998

 

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Appendix

Four different systems of identifying newsletters have been used:

  1. Until June 2008, each newsletter had a volume and issue number and a date; thus 5/2 10/00 is volume 5, issue 2, October 2000.
  2. Starting in September 2008 a consecutive numbering was added, starting with no. 44; thus12/1 02/09 46 is volume 12, issue 1, February 2009, number 46.
  3. After August 2012 the volume and issue numbers were dropped; thus 03/13 56 is March 2013, number 56
  4. Starting in June 2017, only dates are used. 

bicentenary_monumentA CELTIC Cross, marking Helensburgh's Bicentenary, was unveiled in Colquhoun Square in 2005. 

Created by Ronnie Paton of J.Paton Monumental Sculptors, Alexandria, it had been first suggested in 2002 as part of the bicentenary celebrations, but it took three years to raise the necessary funds by public subscription.

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