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Olympic swim star made burgh his home

A 1964 Olympic silver  medalist swimmer spent his infant years in Helensburgh and returned in his 40s to make his home in the town.

But contrary to what is stated on a number of websites, Robert Bilsland McGregor MBE was not born in the burgh — he was actually born in Glasgow on April 3 1944.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 April 2012 11:46 )

 

Goddesses are pride of the Gareloch

ONE of the most famous classes of small yachts in the world is the Gareloch class — known to all as the Gareloch Goddesses.

The Gareloch Yacht Club was founded after the First World War to encourage yachting in and around the Loch. Originally this was on a handicap basis.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:36 )

Burgh football star is popular pundit

ONE of Scotland’s best-known football celebrities made his home in Helensburgh in 1983 and has lived in the burgh ever since. 

Former player and manager, now a football pundit, Murdo MacLeod is one of the most likeable, popular and respected figures in the game today.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 September 2012 15:42 )

Burgh cricket pro for 24 seasons

ONE of the best cricketers in the history of the Helensburgh club was, in the tradition of the sport in yesteryear, a player, not a gentleman.

So he was known to all as Bolton, not Harry Bolton.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2012 18:03 )

Bowling green for workers

THE early records of Helensburgh’s Hermitage Park Bowling Club have been lost, but it is known how the bowling green 'for the workers' came into being.

The green was formed on what was formerly the mill pond for the Malig Mill, which stood at the rear of the Victoria Hall.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 November 2010 16:27 )

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First 2018 Open Meeting

Mike-Thornley-wThe first 2018 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday January 31. Mike Thornley will talk about the Glenarn garden at Rhu. Anyone interested most welcome.

Winter Talks


  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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