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”