All of our Heroes

Norah Neilson Gray

Norah Gray
Glasgow Girl & Portrait Artist

Norah Neilson Gray was born on the 16th June 1882 at Carisbrook in West King Street to George William Gray, a Glasgow shipowner and wife Norah Neilsen, the second youngest of seven children. The large family garden stimulated Norah's early love of flowers and colour. Another early influence for Norah was a the Gray's Nanny who told the girls wonderful stories of fairies and celtic legends. The effect of these stories can be clearly be seen in Norah's later works.

Norah began her artistic career at “The Studio”, a private drawing establishment at Craigendoran with her teachers Miss Park and Miss Ross.

Laura Grieve

Laura Grieve - Digital Artist
From Helensburgh to Madagascar via Shrek! A true Artist of the Digital Age

Laura Grieve was born in Glasgow on August 5th 1969, but spent 16 formative years of her life in Helensburgh. Laura was a pupil at Hermitage, sharing a class at the Academy with future Film Director, Tom Vaughan.

On leaving the Academy, Laura continued her education at Oxford Brookes University, where she studied Fine Art & Anthropology, also managing to spend time at the University of the Aegean, on an Erasmus Scholarship and the University of Northern Colorado.

Sir James Guthrie

Helensburgh Hero - sir james guthrie
Artist & Leading Light of the 'Glasgow Boys' movement

Sir James Guthrie was born on June 10, 1859 in Greenock, Guthrie, he was the youngest child of the Rev. John Guthrie, D.D., Evangelical minister of the Evangelical Union church, by his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Orr. Guthrie originally enrolled at Glasgow University to study law, but abandoned this in favour of painting in 1877.

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith
Farmer, naturalist, writer and ornithologist

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith was born William Herbert Smith in Helensburgh, on 13 March 1862. He was the eldest child of John Guthrie Smith, a wealthy insurance broker, and Anne Penelope Campbell Dennistoun. After private tutoring and an English preparatory school, he attended Rugby School. He showed early interest in the natural world.

John Michael Hammersley

John Michael Hammersley
Founder of the mathematical theory of percolation

Hammersley was born at Dee Bank, Helensburgh on 21 March 1920. He was born of an international couple. His father, Guy Hammersley, was employed in the American steel trade mostly in London, and worked his way from office boy to European Manager during the 1920s. His mother, Marguerite Whitehead, was born in Moscow in 1889, and was sent to boarding school in England in 1903.