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Susie and her Castle853 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 Castle808 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's Castle829 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 Castle610 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 Castle793 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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The Thorburn Family1048 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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19th Century Portrait990 viewsThe identity of these two ladies, photographed by Young, Photographer, William Street, Helensburgh, in the 1860s is not known.
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What was the event?174 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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William Kidston1234 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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