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australia_flagI am writing to you from Australia and am researching my family tree with difficulty.

I know that my great grandfather James Aitken and his wife Emily lived at Burtonhill (or Burton Hill, I'm not sure which) in Helensburgh and I would be very interested to know whether the house still stands or anything about either it or the family.

saltireDOES anyone remember a whale beaching at Cardross around the time of the Clydebank Blitz?

I was reading the archive section of a national newspaper where it was reported that 100 years ago a small whale had beached at Dunoon.

usa_flagWE are planning a visit to Helensburgh from Dayton, Ohio USA. From what I can find out about my maternal family — many generations — they were from Helensburgh.

They included Robert Jardine and Graham Jardine. Do you know of anyone I could contact who could help me with my research, particularly address or employment information, dating 1770's-1900's?

handMichael Hendry of Market Drayton, Shropshire, wrote on March 28 2009:

I am researching the Donaldson-Hudson family, who used to own and live on the Cheswardine Estate in north east Shropshire.

Union_JackJUNE 8 1946, may be a date that does not ring bells for many readers, but it was the day the end of World War Two was celebrated by military parades in many cities and towns.

One was Glasgow and another was Helensburgh, where I was very proud to be marching in the Royal Navy squad which had come over the water from the Combined Operations base at Roseneath.

australia_flagG'day from Down Under ...................

Friends recently put me on to the website which I found very interesting and came across many people in photographs that I knew. Had a good look through but have been unable to fill in any blanks.

1195705026897Many thanks for informing your members and website visitors about my poetry reading in Helensburgh Library on March 5 2009.

I'm pleased to say that it was well received by the large audience who attended, and we had an excellent question and answer session and discussion afterwards.

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