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Memorial window tribute to minister

A MUCH loved minister from Cardross was commemorated in 2010 by the creation of a stunning memorial window in the church which was his charge for 37 years.

The picturesque South Queensferry Parish Church was packed on Sunday August 22 for the dedication of the window installed in memory of the Rev John Gilbert Carrie, BSc, BD, who grew up in the village and was a former pupil of Larchfield (now Lomond) School.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 August 2010 14:14 )

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Family fled 'Promised Land'

THE story of a man from a Glen Fruin farming family who became a Mormon in 1848, emigrated to America six years later, then fled from his religion is told in a book published in the United States in 2009.

Historian Polly Aird, who lives in Seattle, Washington, wrote ‘Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector, A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-61' about her great great uncle Peter McAuslan.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 October 2010 17:10 )

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Burgh man was Moderator

A HELENSBURGH man stepped into one of Scotland's top jobs on May 20 2010 . . . and on May 26 the job was done.

But while the Rev John Cairns Christie may have accepted a job which lasts for just six days the duties attached to it will go on for a full year until the next incumbent takes over the role.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:25 )

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Scholarly priest became bishop

A HELENSBURGH man who became a priest went on to hold two of the most important offices in the Church of England.

The Right Rev Patrick Campbell Rodger, who was born at Southcourt in the burgh on November 28 1920, the son of a prosperous family, was Bishop of Manchester from 1970-78, then Bishop of Oxford until 1986, and a leading figure in the ecumenical movement.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:08 )

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St Michael's Church — how it was restored

THE restoration of the Episcopal Church of St Michael and All Angels in Helensburgh was an eight year project successfully completed in the autumn of 2009.

The historical basis of the church's decoration is a subject not always appreciated, and is described in this article.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 09:34 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

MacKintosh Club logoA new programme of Winter Open Meetings begins at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 with a talk by Bruce Jamieson on developing the Mackintosh Club.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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