All of our Heroes

Mary Ure

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Scottish Actress Mary Ure
Mary Ure - beautiful, talented and ultimately tragic Academy Award nominated actress: The Scottish Marilyn

Eileen Mary Ure was born on February 18, 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland to civil engineer Colin McGregor Ure and his wife Edith Swinburne.

Colin’s father, and Eileen’s grandfather, was the prosperous flour merchant John Ure, who lived in the magnificent Leiper designed Cairndhu House in Helensburgh, and served for three years as the Lord Provost of Glasgow and was also the City’s first chairman of the Health Committee.

George Macdonald Urquhart

George Urquhart
Pioneering Veterinary Parasitologist

George was born in Glasgow on the 29th May 1925. On graduating from the Glasgow Veterinary College as the gold medallist in 1947, George Urquhart was awarded a scholarship to work with Dr E L Taylor, in the parasitology department at Weybridge. He returned to Glasgow in 1949 as one of the group of men who were given the task of taking the old Glasgow college into a university system. George played a leading role in the development and recognition of the Glasgow school as aveterinary research institution of international standing.

Seb Vaughan aka "69db"

Seb Vaughan aka db69
Founder member of UK 1980s techno Acid House movement - the "Spiral Tribe" sound system

Seb Vaughan aka dj "69db".

At the age of 17 Seb, brother of Film Director Tom, left the family home in Helensburgh to play drums for his psycadelic rock band.

The year was 1988 and was the year that Acid house took the country by force. After 2 years of discovery in and around the many parties 69db being a drummer saw the potential in this repetative beat. At the same time as joining Spiral Tribe Sound System 69db enrolled in City of Leeds College of Music where he got his access to his first recording studio. It was here that he composed his first tracks for Spiral Tribe.

Tom Vaughan

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TV & Feature Film Director who was orginally inspired by Star Wars and progressed to direct Han Solo some thirty years later.

Tom Vaughan was born in Glasgow on the 9th October 1969, to Peter and Susan Vaughan, but spent his formative (first 17) years in Helensburgh. Tom attended Hermitage Academy, where he was a classmate of digital artist Laura Grieve.

Kyle Warren

Kyle Warren - Piper and Helensburgh Hero
Piping Hot Musician & Composer

Born in 1988, and having grown up in Helensburgh, former Hermitage Academy pupil Kyle started learning pipes at the age of eight and now attends the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he is in his final year studying a BA(hons) in Scottish Music - Piping.

Kyle has always excelled at the pipes and was an influential member of the Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band, helping the band achieve an increase of 4 grades in 5 years and in 2008 played with the famous Strathclyde Police Pipe Band - Scotland’s premier grade one pipe band.