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”