All of our Heroes

Gregor Ian Smith

Gregor Ian Smith Helensburgh Heroes Hall of Fame
Artist, Author, Illustrator and Teacher- A truly creative man and passionate supporter of Scottish Arts

Gregor Ian Smith was born in Helensburgh on the 18th April 1907, one of three children, a sister Mary and a brother Harold, who sadly died in infancy. Perhaps inspired by the artistic talents of his father, John, a painter, decorator, artist and musician, the young Gregor soon displayed signs of the creativity that was to serve him throughout his life. It is said that Gregor was drawing and painting at the age of three, so it appeared inevitable that he would follow his love of art through his school days.

Kenneth Manley Smith

Kenneth Manley Smith
Virologist & Author

Smith was born in Helensburgh on 13th November 1892. He was educated at Dulwich College and the Royal College of Science (Imperial College), London where he took his first degree and did graduate research. He was a naturalist as a boy and he was able to continue this approach as a scientist.

Martin Smith

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Martin Smith
BAFTA Award winning Director

Born in 1975, and brought up in Helensburgh, the former Hermitage Primary and Hermitage Academy pupil, Martin had always desired to be an artist.

Walter Smith OBE

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Walter Smith
A real footballing man - One of the most successful Scottish Managers in History

Walter Smith, was born 24 February 1948 in Lanark, but he and his family have spent over 20 years as residents of Helensburgh's upper west area. He is a Scottish former football player, but is better known as a football manager.

Peter Such

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Peter Such Cricketer
England Test Cricketer, County Champion, Off Spinner, Scourge of the Australians and Coach

Peter Mark Such was born on the June 12, 1964 in Helensburgh and although remembered as an English cricket star, his place of birth did lead to him seriously thinking about playing for Scotland in the World Cup some years ago.

After a short period of time in Helensburgh, his family moved South to Nottinghamshire.