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 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.
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.