Character of a Shandon Minister

GLASGOW EVENING POST SATURDAY 19 MARCH 1892 The Rev Neil Brodie, of Pollokshaws Free Church, who died the other day, was succeeded in Shandon Free Church by three or four ministers who all held the fort for very short periods. Mr Brodie’s immediate successor was of an extremely irritable temperament, and immediately after his settlementContinue reading “Character of a Shandon Minister”

Fatal accident at Shandon

GREENOCK TELEGRAPH AND CLYDE SHIPPING GAZETTEWEDNESDAY 5 JANUARY 1859 On the evening of New Year’s Day, Alexander Davidson, gardener with George Martin, Esq., Greenhill, was drowned by the upsetting of the ferry-boat. Davidson, who was not only a total abstainer, but a thoroughly consistent Christian man, attended the prayer meeting in Shandon Free Church inContinue reading “Fatal accident at Shandon”

Farewell Reverend Brodie

PAISLEY HERALD AND RENFREWSHIRE ADVERTISER SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY 1862 FAREWELL SERVICES AT SHANDON, GARELOCH On Sabbath, 9th current, the Rev N Brodie, Shandon, preached for the last time to his present congregation previous to his induction at Pollockshaws. On the evening of Wednesday last week a soiree was held in the Church, which was againContinue reading “Farewell Reverend Brodie”

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 aContinue reading “Ordination of Reverend Hugh Miller”

1884 alterations to Shandon Church

HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 7 AUGUST 1884 SHANDON THE CHURCH – After undergoing considerable alteration and repair, the Free Church here is to be re-opened on Sabbath first by the Rev Dr Marcus Dods, from Glasgow. The work was undertaken with a view to increase the accommodation, but the appearance internally and externally has been completelyContinue reading “1884 alterations to Shandon Church”

Battrum’s Guide and Directory 1875

Dear blog reader, this week a name-rich source for any of you with ancestors from Shandon. Note some slightly different spellings which are exactly as they appeared in the directory. BATTRUM’S GUIDE AND DIRECTORY TO HELENSBURGH AND NEIGHBOURHOOD 1875 SHANDON INCLUDING BLAIRVADDICK AND FASLANE ESTATES Five miles from Helensburgh West. Omnibus leaves Helensburgh at 5pmContinue reading “Battrum’s Guide and Directory 1875”

Death at Ardgare

Strathearn Herald, 30th December 1911 ESTATE FALLS TO THE UNITED FREE CHURCH Miss Kerr, the last member of a well-known family, died at her residence, Ardgare, Shandon, on Wednesday night, at the age of 85. Her father, an Ayrshire man made a fortune as a tobacco merchant in Virginia and on his return to ScotlandContinue reading “Death at Ardgare”

World War 1 and the sons of Reverend Hugh Miller

Daily Record 1 October 1915 Shandon officer killed It has been officially reported by the War Office that Lieut. Ian M Miller, 2nd Argylls, and younger son of the Rev Hugh Miller, MA, Shandon, UF Church, has been killed in action n Belgium. Lieut. Miller was educated at Larchfield and Merchiston Castle Schools. He joinedContinue reading “World War 1 and the sons of Reverend Hugh Miller”

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Part 1

Dear blog reader This is the first part in a new series of Shandon hatches, matches and dispatches that have appeared in the newspapers. I have always found such finds very exciting in my own 30 years of family history research and I hope this helps anyone doing similar Shandon-based research. Please note that forContinue reading “Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Part 1”