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Maud MacLellan, OBE

Formal Portrait of Maud MacLellan OBE Helensburgh

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.

Sir Cecil McAlpine Weir KCMG KBE MC DL


Cecil McAlpine Weir was born at Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, on 5 July 1890, the youngest of four sons of Alexander Cunningham Weir and his wife, Isabella McLeish.

He was educated at Morrison's academy, Crieff, and in Switzerland and Germany. Upon completing his studies, he returned to Scotland and undertook two years in business studies before becoming a partner in his father’s based leather and hide merchants, Schrader, Mitchell and Weir, whose warehouse premises were situated at 114 Howard Street, Glasgow.

Major John Gilmour DSO MC

Major John Gilmour 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.

Eunice Guthrie Murray MBE

Eunice Guthrie Murray

Eunice Guthrie Murray was born on the 21st January 1878 at Moore Park, Cardross, the youngest daughter of three to David Murray, a Glasgow lawyer (who with David Maclay and John Spens founded the Glasgow law firm Maclay Murray and Spens), and Frances Porter Stoddard, the daughter of an American family living in Port Glasgow.

Emeritus Professor Alasdair McIntyre CBE, DSc, FRSE

Emeritus Professor Alasdair McIntyre

Alasdair Duncan McIntyre, CBE, BSc, DSc, FRSE, FIBiol, FRSA, was born in Helensburgh on the 17th November in 1926.

He was educated at Hermitage School, Helensburgh, and Glasgow University, graduating in 1949 with first class honours in zoology – a subject he had switched to in second year.

Major-General Philip Thomas Tower, CB, DSO, MBE, GOC, Middle East Land Forces, 1967

Major Philip Thomas Tower

Philip Thomas Tower was born in Rhu, Argyll & Bute, on March 1st 1917, the only son of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Tower. He was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he was captain of fencing. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1937 and served with 25 Field Regiment RA in India until the outbreak of war.

“It was a dream world. The shooting was excellent, there was polo and pig-sticking” Philip Tower stated later and, as adjutant, his office had the only telephone in the regiment.

Major Ian Purvis MC

major ian purvis mc

Ian Whitelaw Purvis was born on the 26th October 1922, in Lucknow, India, the son of Murray, a doctor in the Indian medical service and Hilda, who was born in The Grange, Suffolk Street, and the daughter of James Whitelaw Hamilton, a contemporary of the Glasgow Boys.

On returning to Scotland he attended Larchfield School before Glenalmond and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read French and German before the war intervened.

Ian trained as an officer cadet before volunteering for the Indian Army, where he was commissioned into the 6th Gurkha Rifles (Queen Elizabeth's Own).

RSM Richard Thomas Boyde MBE, DCM, MSM

RSM Paddy Boyde - 7th Argylls & Helensburgh Hero

“When the 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders go into action in Korea my thoughts will be with one man – the Regimental Sergeant Major Paddy Boyde. There isn’t another bloke in the Army I’d rather soldier with. In the kilt he’s the very picture of the Highland soldier – even though he’s Irish. Maybe it’s the combination of an Irish birth and seventeen years of Scots training that made him an enemy to be feared and a friend to be proud of” so wrote An Old Argyll as RSM Boyde prepared to go into action in Korea.

Ronald Waterson Low

Ron Low original inspiration for oor wullie and Helensburgh Hero

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.

Captain Ernest J D Turner CBE, DSO, DSC, Croix de Guerre

Commodore E J D Turner_Helensburgh Hero

Ernest John Donaldson Turner was born in Helensburgh on 21st March 1914, the son of a Royal Navy chief writer, also Ernest Turner and Margaret Donaldson. Turner’s father was tragically lost at sea with Lord Kitchener and 643 others in the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916, when Turner was just two.

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