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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.

James Jardine

James Jardine MOH
American Civil War Hero and Medal of Honor Recipent

James Jardine was born in Helensburgh on April 16th 1837, the eldest son, and brother to five - Peter, Catherine, Graham, Marion and Malcolm - of Graham Jardine and his wife Mary, nee Brodie, the family originally owning two premises in Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. The family moved to America in the early 1850s, with evidence suggesting that James and his folks spent some time in New York, prior to moving to Ohio.

Andrew Bonar Law

Andrew Bonar Law Helensburgh Heroes
Financier, Politician and the only British Prime Minister to have been born outside the British Isles.

British Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law was born 16th September 1858 in Rexton, New Brunswick (now Canada) to the Reverend James Law, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland with Scottish and Irish ancestry, and his wife Eliza Kidston Law.

Ronald Waterson Low

Ron Low original inspiration for oor wullie and Helensburgh Hero
Pilot, GP & the original inspiration for Scottish icon Oor Wullie

Ronald Watterston Duncan Low, was born on the 21st April 1927 in Dundee Scotland.

He lived in Dundee with his parents going to Dundee High School, graduating from school in 1943 and then going to St Andrews University to study medicine. He would eventually grew up to become an Air Force Squadron Leader and hospital surgeon, but it was as a fresh faced 8 year old that he was to make his name and take his place in Scotland’s literary history.

Maud MacLellan, OBE

Formal Portrait of Maud MacLellan OBE Helensburgh
Corps Commander, Women's Transport Service (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry)

Maud Lilburn MacLellan was born on 6 October 1903 at 37 Athole Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow. Maud was born one of three children to Walter Thomas MacLellan, a partner in the iron conglomerate P and W MacLellan Ltd, and his wife, Jane Adair Whyte.