The Arts

Gregor Ian Smith

Gregor Ian Smith Helensburgh Heroes Hall of Fame
Artist, Author, Illustrator and Teacher- A truly creative man and passionate supporter of Scottish Arts

Gregor Ian Smith was born in Helensburgh on the 18th April 1907, one of three children, a sister Mary and a brother Harold, who sadly died in infancy. Perhaps inspired by the artistic talents of his father, John, a painter, decorator, artist and musician, the young Gregor soon displayed signs of the creativity that was to serve him throughout his life. It is said that Gregor was drawing and painting at the age of three, so it appeared inevitable that he would follow his love of art through his school days.

Ailsa Tanner MBE

Alisa Tanner
Art Historian, Author, Painter and Glasgow Girls Authority

Ann Ailsa Louise Tanner was born on the 23rd June, 1923, in Kilmarnock, but her family soon moved to Shanghai, where her father, Dr Cecil Robertson, had accepted a post in public health with the Shanghai Municipal Council.

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.

Robert Wemyss

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Architect & Designer

Robert Wemyss was born on 5 March 1865, the son of John Wemyss, Inland Revenue Officer and Phyllis Pate.

He served his articles with Duncan McNaughtan. After completing his apprenticeship he worked as assistant for McNaughtan, for Burnet Son & Campbell where he was principally employed on railway work, for William Leiper, and for other unidentified firms before. He spent his holidays travelling and sketching in England, Scotland and Ireland. He commenced independent practice in Glasgow in January 1896, and was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which he had joined in 1907.

James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA

James Whitelaw Hamilton
Artist, Landscape Painter and Associate of the Glasgow Boys

Artist James Whitelaw Hamilton was born on 26th November 1860, the eldest child to wood turner James Hamilton, and his wife Mary Stevenson of 1 Morris Place Glasgow.

Whitelaw Hamilton was to spend most of his life in Helensburgh after his parents moved the family to the town. The family took residence in Thornton Lodge, 107 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh.