A NEW EXHIBITION features Her Royal Highness Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria.

She had a huge impact on Helensburgh and Garelochside, where she lived in Rosneath Castle and loved the beauty and quietness of the Gareloch.

The area provided a haven for her in her later years after a fascinating and busy earlier life inevitable for a daughter of Britain’s longest serving monarch from 1837-1901.

She was born on March 18 1848 and christened Louisa Caroline Alberta, but was always known as Louise. She had four brothers and four sisters, and was the sixth oldest and the fourth of five daughters.

She was to be the daughter of a Queen, sister of a King, aunt of a King, and great aunt of two Kings.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were devoted to each other and were very conscientious parents. Unlike many aristocrats of their time, they had a very close relationship with all of their children.

Like her other siblings, Louise was brought up with the strict programme of education devised by her Prince Albert, and the young children were taught practical tasks, such as cooking, farming, household tasks and carpentry.

From her early years, Louise was a talented and intelligent child, and her artistic talents were quickly recognised. Hallam Tennyson, the son of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, remarked in 1863 that she could “draw beautifully”.

The exhibition in Inveraray Castle features Princess Louise and her husband, the Marquis of Lorne. It is open daily until October 31 from 10am-5.45pm, and it is included in the Castle admission charge.

AS PART of the HLF-funded Written in the Landscape project, liveArgyll Archives and the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle delivered a well-attended local history workshop on Tuesday April 16 at Helensburgh Parish Church Halls.

Archivists introduced both collections and the types of records held in them, focussing on the documents which contain evidence about the history of Helensburgh and Dunbartonshire.

Some of the original records were on display.

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THE Anderson Trust (Local Collection) has launched its annual art exhibition upstairs in Helensburgh Library.

70-A.N.-Paterson-wThe theme is 'Seasons’, and the exhibition focuses on the changing local environment and activities through the year as observed by artists inspired by the town and district.

Some of the works have featured in previous exhibitions, while others have been exhibited less often.

The talented local family of Patersons is represented in ‘Prelude to Spring’ (right) by the architect and artist Alexander Nisbet Paterson, while his daughter Viola Paterson’s ‘View from the Longcroft’ (left) evokes a powerful sense of autumn, set against an instantly recognisable local background.

Less recognisable is Duncan McLaurin’s ‘Old Helensburgh Postman on his rounds by Kirkmichael’ (below), painted nearly 200 years ago.

This once rural part of Helensburgh has been heavily developed, the role and means of transport of the postman has changed considerably.

Summer provides artists with more opportunity for open air painting and the choice of works to exhibit was great.

Ailsa-Tanner-Poppies-wArthur Turner’s ‘Clyde Regatta’ has appeared in previous exhibitions and is a vibrant symbol of a much-loved local summer activity.

Some of the paintings represent the seasons by virtue of the flowers illustrated, such as Neil Macleod’s spring ‘Daffodils; or the splash of summer colour in Ailsa Tanner’s garden painting, entitled simply ‘Poppies’ (left).

Trust administrator Mary-Jane Selwood said: “Once again, the Anderson Trust welcomes the co-operation of local writers in providing a fitting complement to the paintings on display.

“This group of writers, named ‘The Mackintosh Group’ in memory of Ann Mackintosh, a founder member, has recently published four books of writings on the same theme as the exhibition.”

These can be bought at the Library Desk, and examples of some of the poems and prose work from the books are displayed to introduce each season. The exhibition will remain open until June.




A NEW exhibition about World War One has opened at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre following the centenary of the Armistice.

Many local artefacts and connections are on display in the cafe area of the Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

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