Shandon Valuation Roll 1905

Dear blog reader Welcome to the sixth part in a series, a list of the people, with house names where known, who were connected with Shandon in 1905. In 1905 Shandon had 82 households listed. A vast increase on the anomaly of the valuation roll of 1895 when  only 16 households were listed but alsoContinue reading “Shandon Valuation Roll 1905”

Reverend John Brechin’s Appeal Part 2

Dear blog reader This is part 2 of a series started last week on the appeal regarding Reverend John Brechin’s intoxication heard at the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 1881. Last week we heard up to Reverend John Brechin’s evidence and so we will continue from Reverend John Brechin’s evidence thisContinue reading “Reverend John Brechin’s Appeal Part 2”

Shandon Hydro Hotel and great kindness

Dear blog reader This week’s blog post is a tribute to the great kindness of Dominic Skeet who this week sent me a duplex postcard book of views of and around the Shandon Hydropathic Hotel. I shall share below each postcard in the album (only one postcard was actually sent, that showing the terrace) andContinue reading “Shandon Hydro Hotel and great kindness”

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 theContinue reading “Sacred Music – Original Temple To Mozart”

Professor William Swan – Ardchapel

William Swan was born in Edinburgh in 1818 to David Swan, an engineer,and Janet Smith. When David Swan died in 1821, William became his mother’s chief focus and Janet Smith was acquainted with Thomas Carlyle the philosopher. William’s maternal uncle was Robert Stevenson, the lighthouse engineer. William was educated privately in Edinburgh, became a scienceContinue reading “Professor William Swan – Ardchapel”

Serious Accidents at Shandon Station

Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette 2 July 1904 Yesterday morning an accident took place at Shandon Station on the West Highland Railway. The early through train from Glasgow to Fort William was brought to a standstill at the head of the incline which leads to Shandon Station, a stretch of about a quarter ofContinue reading “Serious Accidents at Shandon Station”

Shandon Experimental Station Closed

Sunday Post 27 March 1921 Plant taken away to England. Helensburgh, Saturday. The hammers are now silent in the much talked of established known as the Shandon Experimental Station and with the exception of a few officers and watchmen and one or two workmen the staff has cleared off. All the machinery has been dismantledContinue reading “Shandon Experimental Station Closed”

Death of Pioneer of American Meat Shipments at Summerhill

The Aberdeen Weekly Journal 5 March 1881 The death is announced at Summerhill, Shandon, after a brief illness of Mr John Bell. Although not a public man, in the ordinary sense of the word, Mr Bell was well known in commercial circles as the senior member of the firm of John Bell and Sons, fleshers,Continue reading “Death of Pioneer of American Meat Shipments at Summerhill”

Shandon War Memorial

Private Peter Anderson, Scottish Rifles Captain James Walker Downie, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 28th October 1918 aged 25. Son of James and Elsie Downie of 4 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow. Buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Private A Elrick, Kings Own Scottish Borderers Private A MacKenzie, Seaforth Highlanders. Lieutenant Iain MacLellan Miller, 2nd Batalion, ArgyllContinue reading “Shandon War Memorial”