Wet Weather Entertainment

HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 1892

SHANDON

‘BALL POUDRE’ AT SHANDON HYDROPATHIC

The disagreeable wet weather has had the effect of making the numerous guests in this establishment seek out entertainment for themselves, with the aid of the resident staff.

On Friday evening a grand ‘ball poudre’ was devised and carried out with great effect – flowers, plants, flags, and little bits of beauty decorating the large hall of the house.

Mr Evans, the hairdresser from Helensburgh, with assistants from Glasgow, were busy from an early hour in the afternoon, in two rooms set apart for the purpose, with wigs, powder, paint and patches, preparing the guests ‘in ye style of ye days of the seventeenth century’.

The large company presented a most interesting and attractive appearance, moving with graceful manner among the gay trappings of the hall, and all looked happy in their gorgeous costumes – the ladies, of course, demanding the first consideration.

The dance opened at nine o’clock, and, after a pleasant evening’s enjoyment, the guests retired about 2.30am.

Ordination of Reverend Hugh Miller

HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 1882

SHANDON

FREE CHURCH ORDINATION AT SHANDON

The ordination of the Rev Hugh Miller, MA, to the pastoral charge of this Church took place on Tuesday.

There was a large congregation, and the Rev John Elder, Arrochar, preached and presided. At the close of service the young minister received a hearty welcome from the members of the Church.

In the afternoon the Presbytery and office-bearers dined in the Shandon Hydropathic. A soiree was held in the Church in the evening. Rev Mr Ireland, Garelochhead, presided, and suitable addresses were given by Ref Professor Lindsay, DD, and others. Mr McLellan, Blairvaddich, in the name of the ladies, presented the new minister with a pulpit Bible and a handsome gown. Mr Miller made a suitable reply.

On Sabbath the newly-ordained pastor will be introduced by the Rev Dr Elder, Rothesay.

Shandon Valuation Roll 1875

Dear blog reader

Welcome to the third part in a series, a list of the people, with house names where known, who were connected with Shandon in 1875.

In 1875 Shandon had 32 households, this is the exact same number as the 32 households in 1865 which had been a growth of 4 households from the 28 households in 1855.

Hopefully those of you with ancestors from Shandon will find this list useful.

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John Barr
Mrs Campbell, Summerhill
Archibald Cochrane, Chapelburn Cottage
John Black Cowan
Alexander Cowan, Glenfeulan
Miss Cunningham, Woodburn House
Reverend Francis Patrick Fleming, Glenfeulan
Mrs Gibson, Summerhill
James Hamilton, Summerhill
John Harley, Summerhill
Mrs Fanny C Hartley
William Jamieson
David Johnstone, Croy
Duncan Keith, Summerhill
John James Kerr, Ardjare [Ardgare]
Mrs Norman MacDonald, Summerhill
James MacGregor, Summerhill
Miss MacKellar
Duncan MacKinlay, Summerhill
Duncan MacKinlay, Woodburn Cottage
Miss MacLellan
Mrs MacLellan, Craigmore [Cragmhor]
Walter MacLellan, Blairvaddick [Blairvaddich]
Professor George H B MacLeod, Finnery [Fuinary]
Doctor George H B MacLeod, Summerhill
Archibald MacPherson, Summerhill
John Mathieson, Ardjare [Ardgare]
Doctor Hugh Millar, Broomfield
Robert Napier
James Reid, Berridale [Berriedale]
Archibald Shaw, Ballernick [Bolernick]












Sacred Music – Original Temple To Mozart

HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 18 MARCH 1886

SHANDON – THE MUSIC OF THE MASS

On Friday last, Mr Thomas Brash, Helensburgh, delivered a lecture on this subject.

He sketched the interesting and progressive history of the music of the ancient Church of Rome, tracing its origin in the fragments of the old Jewish service of the Temple, and in the subsequent parts of his address Mr Brash devoted himself to the consideration of the works of Haydn, Mozart, and other eminent composers.

A choir illustrated several of the ‘masses’ referred to by Mr Brash in his lecture, and at the conclusion he strongly urged the necessity of improving the style of Church music.

The lecture was a splendid intellectual and musical treat, and was highly appreciated by those who were present.

The Athletic Vallances part 2

Dear blog reader

After the blog post published 5 weeks ago on the vast amount of athletics prizes won by the sons of Mr Vallance the road surveyor, I found some more information which I thought you might also find interesting.

Jacqueline

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HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY 1882

SHANDON – PRESENTATION

A large number of members and friends of the Rangers’Football Club met on Monday evening last, at Maitland’s Bridge Street Hotel, Glasgow, to present Mr Thomas Vallance jun., their popular president and ex-captain, who left last Tuesday evening for Assam, in the East Indies, to fulfill a responsible engagement for three years as engineer and manager over three tea plantations, with a handsome testimonial, subscribed by the members and principal clubs in Scotland, and England.

Mr Geo. Gillespie, vice-president of the club, who made the presentation, during his remarks alluded to the great work Mr Vallance had done for the club, and said they were losing the best man they ever had, both on the field and as a committee man, Mr Vallance’s opinion always asked for first. Mr Vallance’s place, as a player, will not be easily filled.

As taken from the Football Annual – ‘He is the best back ever Scotland produced’. The evening’s entertainment was brought to a close by the whole company, numbering 200, singing ‘For he is a jolly good fellow’. Mr Vallance was carried shoulder high by a number of his old comrades from the hotel along the street.

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HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 23 JULY 1885

SHANDON – DUNDEE SPORTS

Mr Alexander Vallance, who has been spending a short holiday at St Andrews, visited the sports at Dundee last Saturday, and carried off several prizes. In the hurdle race (30 yards), he obtained the first prize; and second honours fell to him in the football competition and the one mile race.

There was a large muster of well-known athletes, but Mr Vallance, who has thus added three additional prizes to his already large collection, was able to tale a high position in the results of the important events.

A Cyclist’s Mishap

THE SCOTSMAN SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 1924

COURT OF SESSION – OUTER HOUSE (BEFORE LORD ASHMORE AND A JURY)

A CYCLIST’S MISHAP

The trial was concluded of an action by Rufus Mann, carrying on business as a electrical engineer at 82 Commerce Street, Glasgow, and residing at Woodbank Cottage, Shandon, against James Taylor, motor hirer, Helensburgh, for £250 damages for personal injuries.

The pursuer stated on record that on 4th September 1923, he was proceeding on a bicycle along the Shandon-Helensburgh road in the direction of Helensburgh, when a motor omnibus belonging to the defender, and being driven from Helensburgh by his servant, ran into the pursuer and his bicycle.

The pursuer was thrown off his cycle and sustained injuries to his face, right hand, left shoulder, right knee, and right leg, and suffered severe shock. The defender denied fault and pleaded contributory negligence. He stated that when the pursuer came into view of the driver of the charabanc, about 100 yards away, the pursuer was proceeding at a racing or excessive speed.

The pursuer’s head was down, and although the driver of the charabanc sounded his horn and held out his hand to indicate he was taking the turn into Ardenconnel Road, the signals were unheeded.

The jury, after an absence of an hour and a quarter, found unanimously for the defender, holding that there had been contributory negligence on the part of the pursuer.

Counsel for the pursuer – Mr Watt, KC, and Mr Scott. Agents – Bonar, Hunter, & Johnstone, WS.

Counsel for the defender – Mr Aitchison, KC, and Mr Garson. Agents – Balfour & Manson, SSC.

Alterations from West Shandon House to Hydro

HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 5 JUNE 1879

SHANDON HYDROPATHIC ESTABLISHMENT

In the autumn of 1877 a company was formed to convert West Shandon House into a sanatorium on temperance principles, and the house, as taken over from the late Mr Napier’s trustees at a fifth of the money that been expended upon it, was opened with a banquet in October, 1877.

It contained then only between 30 and 40 bedrooms, and was of course minus the baths, dining-room, ball-room, nursery, etc, which are recognised requisites in hydropathic regimen. Since then these defects have all been supplied, a new wing having been added, and the institution was re-opened on Friday last.

The alterations and additions made have been necessarily expensive, in order to preserve uniformity with the superior workmanship of the original building, into which it is well known that the late Mr Napier admitted nothing that did not come up to his own idea of what a house should be.

The front entrance to the institution faces the south, and overlooks the main portion of the grounds; the west front faces the Gareloch; the northern end abuts upon the conservatory; and the eastern wing consists of the new bed-rooms and baths, just completed. The architecture of the building is in the Elizabethan style, the material used is white freestone, and the style of workmanship is what is known as ‘spotted’ ashlar, with polished facings. There are mostly elaborately-carved griffins, and other ornamental work, not only in conspicuous places in the front, but in out-of-the-way corners, where least expected. The style in which even the minutest details are finished demonstrates beyond the possibility of a doubt that a man endowed with supremely good taste, and possessing abundant means of gratifying his artistic notions, has presided over everything within and upon the walls.

To the left, on entering the main hall, there is a reception-room, in which guests are welcomed by Mr G R McKenzie, the manager, or by the presiding genius of the establishment, Dr Malcolm. A magnificent suite of drawing-rooms occupies the whole of the lower part of the western front, facing the loch. The total length of the suite is 110 feet, divided into three portions, each of which may be kept separate from the others. The first is at the southern end of the building. The woodwork is finished in white, pale green and gold; the walls in rich dark green and gold; and the furniture is in ebony, upholstered in ruby-coloured velvet. There is a large oriel window overlooking the loch. The mirrors are so arranged that, no matter in what corner of the room a person may be standing, it is possible to enjoy a view of sea and shore. The mantelpiece of this room is in Carrara marble, and the figures are from the chisel of an eminent Italian sculptor. The centre room is lighted by three mullioned windows, and is lined all round with richly-carved oak bookcases. At both ends there is a fire-place in rich saffron Belge, and the apartment is furnished with lounges, chairs, and writing tables in Italian walnut. There is also here a fine harmonium for the use of residents. The doors at each end of this room are so constructed that when shut they appear to form part of the bookcases that line the walls. The apartment at the extreme end, and the last of the suite, is a counterpart of the first entered so far as regards size, but is furnished and fitted in a different style. The ceilings of the suite are to some extent uniform in pattern, the plasterwork being alike in all, but the coloured ornamentation different in each. In the first, or south room, the ceiling is finished in green, white and gold; in the north room the whole of the panels are richly executed in distemper, while the beads and moulds are in cream colour and gold. In the centre room the colouring of the beads and mouldings is dark blue, maroon, and gold, and in the centre of each square is a coat of arms. The effect is exceedingly fine.

The main staircase is built of stone, has a massive carved oak balustrade, and is lighted by a large mullioned window filled with stained glass, on which are portrayed groups emblematic of Peace, Plenty, Commerce and Industry. The first set of bed-rooms – those appertaining to the house in the original form – are reached by stairs from the landing on which the grand staircase terminates.

In the new wing erected to the rear of the old building, and in keeping with the style of architecture, the bed-room accommodation has been increased by 150 beds, and connected with the old house by means of covered ways thrown across the carriage drive. A new and spacious dining hall, in which about 250 persons may be entertained, and fully adequate to the demands of the establishment, has also been added on a piece of ground adjoining the former ball-room or recreation hall. Leaving this hall on the way to the conservatory there is a commodious billiard-room with an excellent table. The conservatory is 165 feet long, richly furnished with flowering plants, and kept in excellent culture all the year round.

The baths are connected with the new wing, though in a different building and shut off from the bed-rooms. There are two suites of them – one for ladies, and another for gentlemen; also Turkish or hot-air baths of the latest construction and arrangement, and a large swimming bath fitted up with trapezes in which as good a header can be enjoyed as in the Gareloch. It has also elbow-room for a good swim, being 43 feet in length by 23 feet broad, and which on certain days each week is to be specially reserved for ladies. This bath is supplied with salt water from the loch, and in all the other baths salt or fresh water, hot or cold, may be used at pleasure. Families quartered at this institution will thus have an excellent opportunity of getting children taught swimming without trouble or danger.

To many, both of those who have children and of those who have none, it will also be a matter of interest to know that in the upper part of the house a nursery has been fitted up, care being taken to render the windows and fireplaces safe for its lesser inmates; so that Shandon promises to shine as a domestic hydropathe. The passages are warmed by a special heating apparatus, so that fires will be unnecessary in the bed-rooms, even in the coldest weather; although in conformity with ordinary usage, all the rooms are fitted with open fire grates. The bed-rooms are uniformly furnished in a plain but comfortable style.

These alterations and additions have been necessarily expensive, in order to preserve uniformity with the superior workmanship of the original building, into which it is well known that the late Mr Napier admitted nothing that did not come up to his own idea of what a house should be. First and last they have cost the company about £25,000. Furnishings and fittings to correspond have run away with a further £15,000. The building as it now stands in working order, and capable of lodging nearly two hundred people, represents an outlay of £80,000 to the company. The gross expenditure since Mr Napier laid the foundations in 1851 cannot be much less than £200,000. The grounds, extending to about 60 acres, have a frontage of 900 yards towards the Gareloch, and are laid out with great care and taste. The plantations, principally of pine, are of great beauty, and the effect is varied by happily arranged clumps and reaches of other trees and shrubs. The gardens are extensive and richly stocked, and from these the house is supplied with vegetables and fruits – the vineries alone producing upwards of 700lbs of grapes in the year. Carriages and boats are kept on hire for the visitors, and skating, curling, lawn tennis, and other games have been provided for.

On Friday last, the directors (who represent the West and East coasts in equal numbers, three of them being Glasgow and the other three Edinburgh gentlemen) invited the shareholders and their friends, to celebrate the house-warming by a dinner and ball. The weather was very unfavourable, but the early trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh were all extra loaded with visitors. At Helensburgh omnibuses belonging to the establishment awaited them, in which they were driven to Shandon. At half-past six o’clock about 300 guests sat down to dinner in the large hall, which was very neatly laid out. Bailie Morrison, Glasgow, chairman of the board of directors, presided, and the other directors acted as croupiers.

After an excellent dinner, which was served in first-rate style, the Chairman said, with the leave of those present, he would give the toast of ‘The Queen’, and drink it in the pure sparkling wine from the springs on the grounds of Shandon. (Laughter). The toast having been duly honoured, he then, on behalf of the directors, begged to give those present a right hearty welcome to Shandon. The aim of the directors was to make the Shandon hydropathic establishment not only equal to others, but to make it the finest institution of the kind in the country, with respect to not only the dietary and treatment given to visitors, but also to the excellence of the various internal arrangements of the house, and the beauty of the surroundings. The directors did not hold the idea that hydropathic establishments should be places in which visitors should deny themselves every luxury, and so, as might have been seen, the dietary was on a liberal scale. They also wished it to be a place in which visitors might feel themselves thoroughly at home, and so there were no rules excepting such as were tacitly observed in every good family. It should, however, be remembered that if one person were desirous of enjoying comfort and luxuries such as were to be found here, it would necessitate the possession of an income of £10,000 a year, yet the directors were giving these things to the visitors for 10s 6d per day. (A laugh). He would be glad if the visitors would inspect the splendid set of baths newly added to the house. The swimming bath was a feature that deserved special notice, it being specially supplied with sea water. (Applause).

Bailie Rowat, Edinburgh, said he had been in most of the hydropathic establishments in Scotland, and he had never yet saw one that approached that of Shandon in extent and magnificence. Indeed, few seem to have imagined there was a place of the kind in Scotland. It was not 5 per cent, nor 10, nor 15, but 25 at the very least that the directors might calculate on if things went on so prosperously. He concluded by proposing the health of the directors of the institution. (Applause).

The company then adjourned to the drawing-room while the hall was being cleared for the ball, which was fixed to take place at half-past nine, and which was attended by about 300, amongst the new arrivals being many of the young members of the families in the neighbourhood. There was an open table all evening in the recreation hall, which was filled with everything necessary to satisfy the appetite, and was largely taken advantage of. Dancing concluded about two o’clock the following morning, and the whole proceedings were of a most agreeable nature.

The music was supplied by a small orchestra, under Mr Hatton, Glasgow, and gave every satisfaction.

The architects and contractors for the new addition were: – Architects – Kinnear & Peddie, Edinburgh; mason and joiner work – D Guthrie & Co, Glasgow; plumber – William Reid, Helensburgh; plasterer – Alex Duncan, Rothesay; gas fitting – J McHaffir & Co, Glasgow; slater – J Morrison & Son, Glasgow; painting – Torrens & Husband; engineers – R Murray, C E Turnbull, Grant and Jack, Glasgow; furnishing – Wylie & Lochhead, Alex Cree, Alex Bissett, Glasgow; silver plate – E Edwards & Sons, Glasgow; iron work – Thomas Hudgson, Coatbridge.

Messrs Reid & Galt, C.A., Glasgow, are secretaries to the company.

Mr Mackenzie is a most excellent and painstaking manager, while Mrs McGregor, housekeeper, and Mr McLean, head gardener, are both very active in their respective departments. Dr Malcolm, the resident physician, is one of the most successful of the advanced school of hydropathists. He has traveled widely, and has spent a number of years in South Africa, and of late has been in practice in Malvern and London.

Sale of the Shandon collection part 4

Dear blog reader

Here is the fourth part of the series on the sale of the contents of Shandon House, also known as the Shandon collection. Enjoy.

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THE SCOTSMAN SATURDAY 19 MAY 1877

THE SHANDON SALE – LONDON, FRIDAY NIGHT

The last day’s sale of the second portion of the Shandon collection took place today. There was a fair attendance, those present, as before, being principally dealers. There was a good deal of keen competition for some of the watches, Mr Boore, of the Strand, being the principal buyer.

The sale began with Oriental objects, most of them small and fetching small prices. A string of beads and some knife handles of Japanese manufacture fetched 2gs. A Japanese vase, with enamel, went for £1 10s, a round enamel box and cover for 18s, and a box and bronze dish for £1 12s. Two Chinese double-carved rosewood stands and two triple ones, with scroll design, ran up to £45. Two lots together, satin Chinese coverlets, fetched £6 10s. Oriental bronzes came next, a Chinese vase and cover (2175) going for £1 14s. A tripod Chinese bronze vase, chased and inlaid with gold and silver, ran to £8, and the next a vase Damascened with silver and gold, 7 1/2 inches high, to £9. A Japanese cup and saucer brought £2, and a string of beads £2 5s. A Chinese dragon and duck went for £1 15s. A round bowl and cover realised £3 15s. A fine cylindrical cup, with flat tray, went for £1 8s; and a vase and cover, with elephant head and foot for £2 2s. A pair of baskets sold for £1 15s; and a Chinese tripod case with raised handles for £2 10s; the bronzes concluding with an oval vase, on four legs, at £2 15s.

Miscellaneous objects of virtu came next. The spurs of Napoleon I, with autograph letter of the Duke of Wellington to the Prince Regent realised 11gs. A dressing-case, covered with shagreen, mounted in silver, went at £5 15s; and a pair of shoe buckles of gold and silver, along with a pair of gold ones, at £2 5s; while a Dutch Bible, in tortoiseshell binding, dated 1712, sold for £3 10s. A fine boat-shaped cup of amber, with a mermaid, went up to £12; and a silver seal, the next lot, to £2 15s. An astronomical telescope, by Dollond, with mahogany tripod stand, fetched £6; and a small Russian bowl, of enameled silver, 3gs. A fine cup and saucer of Dresden enamel ran up to £29, and a pair of silver gilt salt cellars £12. A ecuelle of gros bleu fetched £4 12s 6d; a set of twenty enameled buttons sold for £3; and an old French enamel of the Holy Family in gold, set with stones, for £5 15s. A small enamel on gold followed for £3 5s, and a Russo-Greek enameled triptych, of nickel, for £3 10s.

More knives, forks, and spoons followed. The first, a jointed silver fork and spoon, ws sold for £7 17s 6d, and the next knives and forks realised £6 10s. Then two knives and forks and a parcel of gilt spoons went together for 5gs. A silver gilt spoon, with engraved bowl, realised £12; and a curious silver one, dated 1609, 11 1/2 gs. A set of three spoons with maple-wood bowls and silver gilt shafts, surmounted by figures of the apostles, went for £13 10s, and a silver gilt one and a boxwood one together for £4. A finely carved boxwood one together for £4. A finely carved boxwood spoon, with scenes from the Passion, went for £1 10s, and then two carved boxwood ones for 6 1/2 gs. A silver gilt spoon, with enameled handle, fetched £1 14s, and a tobacco stopper and corkscrew £1 11s. A knife and fork, with carved boxwood hilts of Italian work, went at 6gs, and a paper knife, with ivory handle, for 3 1/2 gs. A sheath for a knife, from the Bernal collection, went for £5 10s, and a sheath for £4 10s. Another very similar, dated 1589, went for £4; while a case exhibited at Leeds, containing three finely carved knives and forks, realised £27, the last four lots being bought by Mr Boore.

More watches followed, the first noticeable lot being a clock watch by Gretton, London, at £2 7s 6d; and soon afterwards a silver one by Le Roy, Paris, went at £1 13s, and one by G Smith, London, for £3 6s. A locket and case fetched £16, and a small antique English watch by Kolb £3 5s. A fine watch by Kersting, Copenhagen, in case of agate and jasper, mounted with gold, silver, and diamonds, was knocked down to Mr Boore for £22, and a gold watch by Wheeler went for £8. A small oval watch in silver case sold for £3 15s, and one in a ring set with garnets for 10 1/2 gs. A curious globular watch went for £7 10s, and an oblong one in an agate case for 6 1/2 gs. A watch with two dials, and one by Hill, London, of the time of Charles I, realised £8 each. A French watch by Carron, Paris, with enameled back realised £4 5s, and one with ivory works, formerly the property of the Empress Marie Louisa, £10. A French one in a gold case by Cadet, Nancy, fetched 3gs, and an English gold watch by Payne, chased and enameled, £13. A French watch in gold case, with a figure of Liberty, fetched £4 5s, and one by Hubert, Rouen, £11. A watch in gold case, set with pearls, went at £7, and one by Ephine, Paris, with open back, at £6 10s. A small French watch in agate case, with diamond buttons, a veritable gem, went up to 27gs, and another like it, in case of turquoise enamel, to 20gs. A very beautiful small watch, by Denis Champion, Paris, in enameled case, £10, and a silver one, in the form of a pigeon, 11gs. A chronometer in silver case, by Harrison, dated 1770, a duplicate of one for which the inventor received a reward of £20,000 from the Board of Longitude, went to Mr Boore at 160gs. A watch in pierced metal gilt case fetched £10, and an antique gilt one enameled £5 2s 6d. An English gold repeater watch, by John Crawford, London, in outer case of chased steel, went to £36; and oval one, partly gilt, by Masters, fetched 8 1/2 gs; and an antique oval clock watch in pierced metal gilt case, which was the last, went at 10gs.

Some clocks followed; the first, a table clock in square steel case, went at 6 1/2 gs; and the next, a German one, at £5 10s. A small German timepiece sold for £3 12s 6d, and one in a spherical silver case, surmounted by a dial, for 8gs. Two dials, a marker with dials, and four models of escapements, fetched £11, and a curious old German clock of architectural design, dated 1831, 15gs, while a similar one went at £4. A clock in skeleton case, by Muirhead & Son, Glasgow, went for £8 5s, and one by Leptrole, in mahogany case, for 6gs. A clock by Detouche, with glass dial, fetched 4gs; and a handsome old German clock, of fine workmanship, in the form of a temple, with female figures at the sides, ran up to 61gs. A very pretty small clock in the form of a globe fetched 6gs; and an hexagonal table clock, in marqueterie case, by Schmidt, Hamburg, ran up to £16. A table clock, with a metal case, fetched £16; and another, with St Sebastian on ebony pedestal, £56. A square table alarm clock, of gilt brass, went at the same price; and one in engraved brass fetched £5 10s. A curious upright table-clock, with radiating dial, mounted with coloured stones and enamel, made by Berg, Augsberg, in 1719, sold for £16 10s; while the last lot today, a table-clock formed as a reclining figure holding a globe, the figure moving its hand when the clock strikes, was knocked down for 22 guineas to Mr Lawrie.

The total realised today was £1151, which brings the sum realised by what has been sold of the collection up to £43,830 odd. There are six more days sale in June, from the 4th to the 7th and on the 11th and 12th, the last of these days concluding the auction.

Shandon Mutual Improvement Association

HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 3 APRIL 1884

SHANDON

SHANDON MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

A most successful conversazione, held in the schoolroom on Monday evening, brought the work of this association to a close for the winter.

There was a large turn-out of members and friends, and the duties of the chair were most ably discharged on the occasion by the hon. president, Mr W MacLellan, jun.. After an enjoyable tea, the chairman delivered a most interesting address. He congratulated the association on the success which had attended all its meetings, and then went on to speak of the many advantages for self-culture enjoyed by the present generation. Altogether the speech was very able and neat, and was most favourably received by the audience.

A long programme of music and readings was then entered upon. Misses Carmichael and Findlay were equally successful in the rendering of their songs, and made a distinct impression. Mr Harrison has made himself quite a favourite in the district, and maintained his reputation. Mr Blair, from Garelochhead, sang a humorous Highland song, which caused great laughter; and Mr MacLellan delighted the audience by his rendering of ‘Three Jolly Sailors’. A humorous trio and a quartette were an agreeable variation, and were both rendered with accuracy and effect.

One of the features of the evening was selection for violins, played by Messrs McCallum and Ingram with great sweetness and purity of tone. The audience gave unmistakable signs of the appreciation of their efforts. Throughout the evening accompaniments on the pianoforte were played with the greatest judgment and tact by Miss Lymburne. Mr Blair, from Glasgow, showed himself a most accomplished elocutionist, and gave two humorous readings with great success. He also sang in an inimitable style a Japanese song. A laughter-provoking story was read by Mr Priestley.

The secretary’s report, which was of the most gratifying character, was read by Mr A Vallance, and its adoption moved by Mr A S Bryce in a thoughtful and considerate address. During the evening Mr Alex Vallance, who is retiring from the post of secretary, was presented with a field glass by the members of the association. The presentation was made by the Rev. Mr Miller, who bore strong testimony to the value of the work done by Mr Vallance, and expressed their regret at the loss of his services. Mr Vallance, who was received with cheers, made a suitable acknowledgement. Representatives from kindred societies at Garelochhead and Row were present, thereby testifying the kindly feelings of these societies for each other. The meeting was brought to a close with the customary votes of thanks.

Prizes won by sons of road surveyor

HELENSBURGH NEWS 29 MAY 1884

SHANDON

A PICTURE OF TROPHIES – We have just been shown a beautiful photograph, executed in the most artistic style by Mr John Stuart, of Helensburgh, of a valuable and varied collection of cups, medals, bronzes, inkstands, tankards, clocks, timepieces, writing-desks, etc, which have been won by the two sons of Mr Vallance, the late surveyor on the roads.

The collection, which is of a varied description, is neatly arranged on a large stand running from the floor to a height of about seven feet and comprising in all seven shelves, on which the prizes, to the number of between fifty and sixty, are displayed to the best possible advantage. Although some of the prizes have been gained in nearly all the various branches of athletics, the majority have been carried off in hurdle-racing and broad jumping, in which two competitions Tom excelled.

In the latter competition, when at his best, Tom had few, if any, his equal this side of the border, and his best performance, which was at the sports of the Queen’s Park Football Club in September, 1881, still stands unrivaled, doing the splendid distance of 21 feet 11 inches, which has never been equaled in Scotland. His most successful day was at the Rangers’Football Club sports, in the same year, when he lifted no fewer than four first prizes – the broad jump, with a distance of 21 feet 6 inches; the hurdle race, obstacle race, and single-handed tug-of-war.

Besides his ability as an athlete, Tom was selected on no less than four occasions to represent Scotland in the annual International Football Match between England and Scotland, a post which he filled with credit to himself, as well as his country. Alick, although considerably younger than his brother Tom, has, however, along with him been very successful as an athlete, and at times has beaten some of the very best men. He has never gained international honours in football, but, had he continued playing, there is little doubt but such an honour was in store for him.