All of our Heroes

Malcolm Finlayson

Malcolm Finlayson
Scotland’s greatest uncapped Keeper

Malcolm Finlayson was born on June 14, 1930 in Alexandria. Malcolm loved football and played for his School and the local boys brigade teams. By the time he was 11 he was playing for under -17 year age teams. At 15 he played three times as a trialist for Dumbarton and three times in Celtic reserves.

Stuart Fraser

Stuart Fraser Triathlete
Youngest Scot to complete an Ironman Triathlon

Stuart was born at the Queen Mothers Hospital, Glasgow on the 21st August 1986 and until leaving for Stirling University, has lived in Helensburgh all his life. He spent his schooling years at Hermitage Primary School and Hermitage Academy.

Stuart joined Helensburgh Swimming Club where he trained under Bobby McGregor and entered several competitions. But it was the influence of local man and family friend Frank McShane, that convinced Stuart that his natural sporting talents would be best utilised in the gruelling field of the triathlon.

Sir James George Frazer

Sir James George Frazer
Anthropologist, historian of religion and classical scholar

James George Frazer was, born in Blythswood Square, Glasgow on the 1st January 1854. He was the eldest of four children born by his father Daniel F. Frazer (1821-1900) and his mother Katherine Frazer, nee Bogle (d. 1899). Katherine’s grandfather was George Bogle who is reported to have been Warren Hasting’ envoy to Tibet in 1774. His father Daniel was a wealthy partner in the long-established firm of chemists Frazer and Green, he was also a devout follower of the Free Church of Scotland into whose doctrines James was raised.

Tom Gallacher

Playwright & enthusiastic promoter of Scottish Arts

Tom Gallacher was born in Alexandria on February 16 1934. He was the third son and one of five children of Edward and Rose Gallacher, who moved from the Vale of Leven to Garelochhead when he was one.

Major John Gilmour DSO MC

Major John Gilmour Flying Ace
A remarkable man, incredible pilot and highly decorated World War I Flying Ace

World War I flying ace, John Gilmour was born on 28th June 1896 at High Mayfield, 23 East Montrose Street, Helensburgh, the son of tobacco merchant John James Gilmour and his wife, Isabella Inglis.

John spent his formative years at Loretto School in Musselburgh, Edinburgh. Set in 85 acres of leafy campus just outside Edinburgh, Loretto is a distinguished British boarding school, with boarding and day pupils, set in the heart of Scotland. John entered the school from August 1910 aged 14 years.