All of our Heroes

Patrick Campbell Rodger

Patrick Campbell Rodger
Anglican Clergyman and Ecumenist

Patrick Campbell Rodger was born on 28 November 1920 at Helensburgh, and was a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church. After attending school at Rugby, he went on to Christ Church, Oxford.

After a brilliant undergraduate career at Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1947) he studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge and was ordained in 1949.

Olly Ross

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Olly Ross Helensburgh Heroes
Multi Championship Winning Scottish Motor Sport Legend

Oliphant (Olly) Biggar Ross was born in Onich, near Fort William, on the 31st December 1944. At the age of nine, Olly moved with his family to Helensburgh, a town that was not unfamiliar to him having visited it many times to see his Grandparents.

Mary O'Rourke

Master Joe
“Master Joe Petersen” – the Boy Soprano

Born to Hannah and Joseph O'Rourke, in Maitland Street Helensburgh on 26th July 1913, the twelth of fourteen children, Mary was brought up in Glasgow's Gallowgate.

Randolph Schwabe

Randolph Schwabe helensburgh
War Artist, Architectural Draughtsman, Illustrator, Pulitzer Prize nominee, Teacher and Theatrical Designer

Randolph Schwabe was born on the 9th May 1885, at Alsbach House, Barton, Lancashire. Randolph was one of two sons, Eric being the eldest; of a Manchester cotton merchant Lawrence Schwabe, a cotton manufacturer whose father had emigrated from Germany in 1820, and his wife, Octavie Henriette.

Educated at a private school in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and although not coming from a notably artistic family, Randolph Schwabe showed a remarkable talent for drawing from an early age. He could best be described as a precocious child

Louise Scullion

Louise Scullion
Living World & Environmental Artist

Louise was born in Helensburgh in 1966. She graduated in 1988 with a BA (1st Class Hons) in Environmental Art, from Glasgow’s School of Art.