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Cardross world champion

A CARDROSS footballer of yesteryear could lay claim to being a champion of the world.

Born in the village on October 2 1865, Robert 'Bob' Robinson Kelso began his football career with Renton as a defender, and with them he won the Scottish Cup in 1885 and 1888 and played in the unsuccessful 1886 final.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:30 )


Baird achieves colour TV

By Professor Malcolm Baird, son of John Logie Baird and president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust 

SOME 80 years ago, on July 3 1928, Helensburgh’s John Logie Baird achieved colour television for the first time.

The camera and receiver were modified versions of the mechanically scanned system first demonstrated by Baird in January 1926.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:50 )

Early goalkeeping star

A RHU man, Matthew Dickie, was a Rangers and Scotland international goalkeeper in the early days of the game.

Born in the village on August 19 1873, he opened and ran for many years a successful tobacconist shop, with a much-used billiards saloon upstairs, in Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. He died on December 30 1959 at the age of 86.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 December 2010 11:05 )

Robert Napier: Father of Clyde shipbuilding

A SHANDON engineer who built the mansion which became Shandon Hydro is still considered by many to be the “father of Clyde shipbuilding”.

Robert Napier was born in Dumbarton in 1791, the second son of a local blacksmith.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:02 )

The Rangers connection

A RHU man was one of the founders of a Scottish sporting institution, Glasgow Rangers Football Club.

Moses McNeil (seated, right), who formed the first Rangers team in the west of Glasgow in 1872 with his brother Peter and two friends, was the son of John and Jean McNeil.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 July 2015 17:19 )

From Shandon to Ryder Cup

ONE of the best known and most liked sportsmen to emerge from the Helensburgh area was Ryder Cup golfer Tom Haliburton.

Son of Mr and Mrs Robert Haliburton, he was born Thomas Bruce Haliburton in Ardencaple Cottage, Rhu, and lived there for some years before the family moved to Loudon Cottage, Shandon, where he learned to play and love golf.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 July 2010 17:26 )

Hazel comes home

THE annual Scottish Open golf tournament at the Loch Lomond club at Luss always means a trip home for top BBC sports presenter Hazel Irvine from Cardross.

The former Hermitage Academy pupil, whose parents still live in the village and who once took part in Helensburgh's Ne'erday Swim, is one of BBC Sport’s most experienced and versatile broadcasters.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:41 )

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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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