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sir_joseph_hooker-1By Bill Yule of Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust

RHODODENDRONS are a major feature of local gardens — Glenarn at Rhu being a prime example — and much of the credit for the discovery and introduction of these plants to the United Kingdom goes to an eminent 19th century botanist with Helensburgh connections, Sir Joseph Hooker.

Sir Joseph (pictured) was the son of another important botanist of the time, Sir William Hooker, who became the first Director of Kew Gardens in 1841.

col_alastair_patersonTHE only man to receive the Freedom of the Burgh of Helensburgh was a man who, after a lifetime of service, well deserved the highest honour his home town could give . . . but sadly he died seven weeks later.

The story of polio-disabled Colonel Alastair Paterson (left) is a story of courage, which began on October 20 1900 when he was born at The Turret, Millig Street.

rev_a.e.robertsonTHE FIRST ‘Munro-Bagger’ — climbing Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet — was a Helensburgh man, the Rev Archibald Eneas Robertson, MA, BD.

Archie Robertson was born in the town on July 3 1870 and brought up at Parkhill, 7 Kings Crescent, which is now Barbreck, 1 Granville Street.

Dr Anne M.Gray
Secretary of Helensburgh Heritage Trust 1996-2004
Honorary Vice-President 2004-2008

By Trust chairman Stewart Noble

1st-Baron-Strathclyde-wONE of the great advocates of his generation spent both his childhood and his retirement at Cairndhu, the family home on Helensburgh seafront which is now a care home and was for many years until 1984 a popular hotel.

Alexander Ure, first Baron Strathclyde, was the second son of John Ure (1824-1901), flour merchant and a distinguished Lord Provost of Glasgow, and his wife, Isabella.

lucy-rickerman440THE only person to be awarded the title of Burgess of the Burgh of Cove and Kilcreggan was also the oldest person ever to live in the Helensburgh District.

Mrs Lucy Rickerman, who was born in the year that Disraeli became the Prime Minister and died in 1980 at the age of 105, received the award shortly after her 100th birthday on September 6 1974.

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