Complaint about a steamer

Dear blog reader I always find people’s letters fascinating for all that they tell us about the writer. Here is an interesting letter from, I believe, a holiday maker staying at Shandon attempting, and failing, to catch a steamer. I hope you find the letter as interesting as I do. Jacqueline ********************* GLASGOW HERALD MONDAYContinue reading “Complaint about a steamer”

Shandon Valuation Roll 1895

Dear blog reader Welcome to the fifth part in a series, a list of the people, with house names where known, who were connected with Shandon in 1895. In 1895 Shandon only had 16 households listed, a massive reduction compared to 1885. I suspect, unlike all other valuation rolls so far, only a few ofContinue reading “Shandon Valuation Roll 1895”

Visit of an Abyssinian hero

Field Marshal Robert Cornelis Napier, born 1810 in Colombo, British Ceylon and died 1890 in London, was a very distinguished British Indian Army office. He fought in the First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars, was the chief engineer during the second relief of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, was a commander during the SecondContinue reading “Visit of an Abyssinian hero”

Sale of the Shandon collection part 5

Dear blog reader Here is the fifth part of the series on the sale of the contents of West Shandon House, also known as the Shandon collection. Enjoy. ********************************* THE SCOTSMAN THURSDAY 17 MAY 1877 THE SHANDON SALE LONDON WEDNESDAY MAY 16 This sale, which has now reached its eleventh day, was better attended thisContinue reading “Sale of the Shandon collection part 5”

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 withContinue reading “Alterations from West Shandon House to Hydro”

Robert Napier’s Obituary

DUNDEE COURIER TUESDAY 27 JUNE 1876 DEATH OF MR ROBERT NAPIER Mr Robert Napier, the celebrated engineer, died on Friday morning at three o’clock, at West Shandon on the Gareloch. He had reached a venerable age, having been born on the 18th June, 1791. He was a native of Dumbarton, where his father carried onContinue reading “Robert Napier’s Obituary”

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”

Shandon architecture

Alt-na-Coille/Woodburn House Earlier 19th century. 2-storey, 3-bay symmetrical house with later 19th century, single storey, canted bay to outer left. Squared and snecked whinstone with sandstone margins and dressings. Base course, eaves band, quoin strips. Originally called Woodburn House. Ardchapel Named after the ancient Chapel which was sited north east of the railway line. BuiltContinue reading “Shandon architecture”