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FASLANE Bay today is a massive naval base . . . but it was once a prosperous farming haven.

For much of that time the farm, with its rugged landscape, unforgiving climate and unpredictable weather, was worked by five generations of one family.

Marco-Biagi-01.03.1wSCOTLAND’S Minister for Local Goverment and Community Empowerment, a guest at the opening of Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on March 1 2016, surprised many with his local connections.

Marco Biagi MSP revealed that he was a former Hermitage Academy pupil and that his parents ran the Sun Chip Shop at the corner of East King Street and Sinclair Street for many years.

Charles-McHardy-cutout-wA CHIEF Constable as a whodunnit suspect may sound rather unlikely, but a Helensburgh man who was Chief Constable of Dunbartonshire is named as a possible suspect in a modern book about an old mystery.

The book, entitled “Controversy on the Clyde: Archaeologists, Fakes and Forgers”, by Alex Hale and Rob Sands, published in 2005, tells the story of archaeological excavations conducted at Dumbuck Crannog, near Dumbarton, shortly before the turn of the twentieth century.

ONE of the outstanding men of Helensburgh’s past served as Provost of the burgh twice and is considered to be the father of Clyde yachting.

He is mostly referred to as James Smith of Jordanhill, but Donald MacLeod’s 1883 book ‘A Nonogenarian’s Reminiscences of Garelochside and Helensburgh’ states that he lived in the district almost all his adult life.

IT IS remarkable enough that two world famous writers both taught at Helensburgh’s former Larchfield School, now part of Lomond School.

But both actually wrote brief poems for one of their burgh pupils.

Andrew-Dunlop-22.08.26-wCONTROVERSY raged when a Helensburgh man was appointed as the new Junior Minister at the Scotland Office in May 2015.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Andrew Dunlop would become a peer, sit in the House of Lords, and be deputy to the new Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell.

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