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William Kidston1218 viewsHelensburgh benefector William Kidston, who lived in the seafront Ferniegair, is seen in this photograph of a portrait presented to him on December 5 1877 “by the Inhabitants of Helensburgh and Neighbourhood, in testimony of his indefatigable efforts in promoting the prosperity and protecting the interests of the locality”. The story of the Kidston family can be found in the People section of the main website.
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What was the event?150 viewsProvost Janet Young, Bailie Alec Gillespie, Mrs Jean Petrie, and Burgh Officer Alexander Hailstones are among this group on the front steps of Helensburgh's Victoria Hall, but what or who were they waiting for? Image supplied by Robert Hailstones, Alexander's son.
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The Trial of Madeleine Smith1160 viewsONE of the great tales of Scottish Law is the trial of Madeleine Smith for murder after a love affair which mostly took place in Rhu.
Madeleine was tried for the murder of her lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier, at the High Court in Edinburgh. The trial began on June 30 1857, and finished on July 9. The case was found not proven, a unique Scottish verdict.
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The Thorburn Family1034 viewsRobert Thorburn, a Helensburgh grocery store manager and keen amateur photographer, with his wife, Christina Graham from Rhu, and family. Taken around 1909.
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Susie's Castle814 viewsSusie of Portincaple is pictured at Susie’s Castle, circa 1910. She lived for 60 years in the upturned fishing smack on the Loch Long shore, and postcards of her home were sold. She and her fisherman husband Jamie came from Glasgow, and she sold the fish around the neighbourhood, as well as working as a maid in local big houses. After her husband died, she lived alone with five cats. In old age she seldom left her home, but she was a beautiful knitter and a great reader.
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Susie's Castle591 viewsSusie lived for 60 years in the upturned fishing smack, her 'castle' on the Loch Long shore at Portincaple, and postcards of her home were sold. In this image she is standing at the door knitting and puffing her clay pipe. Her husband Jamie made a living from fishing, and the creel or basket in the foreground would be used for carrying fish. If he had a good catch, he would barrel it up to Whistlefield Station and take the train to Glasgow for the fish market. Image circa 1912.
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Susie's Castle780 viewsBorn in 1847, Susie Reid was a well-known character, not only at Portincaple, where she lived for many years until her death at 81, but also much further afield. Susie's personality would probably have been enough to make her a local celebrity, but the extra factor that ensured her a place in the hall of fame lay in the fact that her home was an upturned fishing smack. Her story is told in the People section of the Trust website. This image, published by McPhail & McIntyre, Whistlefield, is circa 1913.
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Susie and her Castle837 viewsBorn in 1847, Susie Reid was a well-known character, not only at Portincaple, where she lived for many years until her death at 81, but also much further afield. Her personality would probably have been enough to make her a local celebrity, but the extra factor that ensured her a place in the hall of fame was that her home was an upturned fishing smack. Her story is told in the People section of the Trust website. Photo taken by Rhu postmaster Willie Winton and supplied by his grandson, Alistair Quinlan.
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Susie and her Castle792 viewsBorn in 1847, Susie Reid was a well-known character, not only at Portincaple, where she lived for many years until her death at 81, but also much further afield. Her personality would probably have been enough to make her a local celebrity, but the extra factor that ensured her a place in the hall of fame was that her home was an upturned fishing smack. Her story is told in the People section of the Trust website. Photo taken by Rhu postmaster Willie Winton and supplied by his grandson, Alistair Quinlan.
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Sir William Raeburn862 viewsTHE FIRST holder of the Baronetcy of Helensburgh, Sir William Raeburn.
The Raeburn Baronetcy of Helensburgh in the County of Dunbarton is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom, and it was created on July 25 1923 for the Conservative MP for Dunbartonshire, head of the shipping company of Raeburn & Verel Ltd.
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Sir William Raeburn719 viewsSir Wiliam Raeburn, 1st Baronet of Helensburgh, is pictured in the large conservatory at his home, Woodend, Millig Street, in July 1933 with a visiting friend, Marjorie Pipon. Sir William was head of the shipping company of Raeburn & Verel Ltd. Image by courtesy of Dr Nigel Allan.
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Sir Iain Colquhoun of Luss554 viewsSir Iain Colquhoun DSO (1887-1948), 7th Baronet of Luss, Chief of Clan Colquhoun, and Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, was pictured on the steps of the family home, Rossdhu, Luss — now the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club — by Robert Thorburn, a keen amateur photographer and grocery store manager who moved to the burgh before 1900. He lived in Helensburgh until his death in 1945. Image circa 1920s supplied by his grandson, Sandy Thorburn.
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