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Burgh is home for former US Ambassador

A RETIRED American Ambassador from the Cold War era who lives in Helensburgh was interviewed about his colourful career on successive Sundays on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Good Morning Scotland’ programme.

Francis J.Meehan, who is 93, spoke to Bill Whitelaw about life in America's Foreign Service.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:44 )


Stirring time for Tea

A HELENSBURGH man who became one of the early tea planters is the subject of a new video film.

‘Thomas McMeekin’s Tea Times’ can be seen on Youtube and on the London Tea History Association’s website, and lasts 35 minutes.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 March 2017 12:50 )

Burgh naval officer key figure at Faslane

ONE of Helensburgh’s best known navymen, Captain Ernest Turner, CBE, DSO, DSC, DL, RN, was involved in setting up the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, and had several other claims to fame.

After his childhood in the burgh he went on to have a distinguished career in submarines in World War Two, was a key figure in preparing for the introduction of Polaris missiles at Faslane, and was Vice Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:36 )

Childhood adventures at Ardencaple Castle

IN ANOTHER article, posted here on January 30 2017, I described how I, and several friends, were introduced to the Royal Navy, shortly after they had commandeered Ardencaple Castle. That was in 1942 when I was six years old.

When we discovered that we, the neighbourhood children, were welcome on the castle grounds we no longer had to approach them by sneaking through the Ardencaple Woods, or maybe they were the Castle Woods.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 February 2017 19:17 )

Place names reflect churches history

I ENJOYED listening to the story-tellers of the older generation relating the fascinating history of our surrounding countryside. So much history of the area had been handed down to them in the days before the great upheaval of World War Two, television and the electronic age.

It helped that many of the sites were available to visit, such as Glen Fruin which was once heavily populated. The large green mound in the glen was a familiar sight to us children.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 February 2017 18:05 )

K-13 Submarine Disaster: part three

ONE of the saddest events in the history of the Gareloch is the K.13 submarine disaster, which took place on January 29 1917.

What follows is the third of three accounts of the tragedy, found recently by Rhu man Alan Dundas. It is a long and fascinating article by Alastair Borthwick illustrated with sketches.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:11 )

Burgh Municipal and Church Schools



1. Private schools are excluded.

2. Information prior to 1956 comes principally from Helensburgh Directories.

3. Names change slightly over the years.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:46 )

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Final 2017-18 Open Meeting

Richard-Reeve-wThe final Open Meeting of  2017-18 will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 28. Richard Reeve will present 'A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula'.

Winter Talks

Wednesday January 31 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden

Wednesday February 28 — Developing the Mackintosh Club: cancelled because of snow

Wednesday March 21 — Joint Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society; Fiona Baker: Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle

Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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