All of our Heroes

Mhairi Davidson

Mhairi Davidson Medal winning fencing champion
Scottish Schools Fencing Champion

Mhairi Davidson was born on 3rd May 1994 at the Vale of Level Hospital, the eldest of three children, to parents Keith and Penny.

She grew up in Helensburgh, attending Hermitage Primary and later Hermitage Academy.

She started fencing at the age of 10 with her father as her coach.

Scottish Fencing is the governing body of the sport of fencing in Scotland. Each year they hold a championship competition for school-aged children in Under 14, Under 16 and Over 16 age bands.

Arthur Drummond Downes

Hera and Mouchette 1908
1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning yachtsman

Dr Arthur Drummond Downes was born on 23rd February 1883 in Kelvinside, the youngest of five sons of a wealthy Glasgow paper manufacturer.

Arthur was a member of the 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in the 12 metre Class in the Yacht Hera. At the 1908 Summer Olympics four sailing events were contested - London had the honour of holding the first Olympic regatta. Three were held from July 27 to July 29 1908 on the Solent, whilst the 12 metre class contested its races on August 11th to the 12th on the River Clyde.

Fionna Duncan

Fionna Duncan - Jazz  Legend & Helensburgh Hero
Inspiring vocalist & All time UK Jazz Great

Fionna was born in the Temperance Hotel, Garelochhead, during at ‘black out’ in the second month of World War 2. Fionna was due to be born in the family home, The Nest. Portincaple, but the Doctor refused to come to deliver her. It was therefore left to the Naval personnel stationed in the Hotel to bring Fionna into the world.

Kirsten Easdale

Kirsten Easdale
Celebrated Celtic Singer & Musician

"a voice to die for, pure enunciation, clarity of tone and the ability to squeeze the last drop out of every note - sheer undiluted magic..." CELTIC WORLD MAGAZINE

Helensburgh resident Kirsten was born Kirsten Jane Dickson on the 4th of June 1966, at Redlands Hospital in Glasgow.

Major George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC

Major George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC
World War One Hero. Royal Engineer awarded both Military & Victoria Cross for gallantry.

George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC MC & Bar was born on the 20th August 1889 at Boturich, Balloch.

Findlay was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in January 1910. He was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry at the Battle of Passchendale after which he took command of 409 (Lowland) Field Company, a territorial company in June 1917.