Falkirk Flyer, World Breaking & Medal Winning Champion swimmer
A native of Helensburgh, born Robert Bilsand McGregor on 3rd April 1944, to parents David and Nancy. Bobby had ‘water’ in his genes. Father David was a leading member of the GB water polo team which travelled to Berlin in 1936 - the only Scotsman in the squad and was also the baths master of Falkirk.
Co founder of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, Rangers and Scotland Footballer - a true Footballing Pioneer
Moses McNeil was born October 29, 1855, Rhu, at Belmore House, in Rhu on October 29th 1855 to John and Jean McNeil. His father John was gardener at the residence, the summer retreat of Glasgow corn merchant, John Honeyman. Mother Jean Bain was from Downpatrick in Ulster. Moses had ten siblings, including brother Peter, two of whom died in infancy.
Football Pioneer. Co-founder, player, captain and vice-president of Rangers FC and Treasurer of the SFA.
Peter McNeil was born in 1854, to John and Jean McNeil in Rhu, Dunbartonshire. John McNeil was employed as a gardener for John McDonald at Belmore House, which now forms part of the Faslane Naval Base. In his mid-teens, Peter moved to 17 Cleveden Street, Glasgow with other members of his large family, Sister Elizabeth and Brothers Moses, James, Harry and William.
It was during a walk through West End Park (now known as Kelvingrove Park) Glasgow, in March 1872, that four young men, smitten with the latest sporting craze of Association Football, hit upon the idea of creating a club.
The ‘Spark’ behind Team GB’s Olympic Sailing Success
Despite his parents living in Helensburgh, Stephen Park, known universally throughout the yachting community as ‘Sparky’, was actually born in Glasgow on the 24th February 1968. He attended Hermitage Primary School and Hermitage Academy, and learnt his sailing in Mirror dinghies and 420s at Helensburgh Sailing Club. With his brother Ian, also a keen sailor, they represented the Academy and won the Scottish Schools Championship. It was an indicator of things to come.