Tour Scotland Video Of Old Photographs Of Helensburgh

Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Helensburgh a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. This Scottish town is located on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde and the eastern shore of the entrance to the Gareloch. In 1752 Sir James Colquhoun, died 1786, chief of the Clan Colquhoun of Luss, bought the land which was to become Helensburgh; at that time it was known by such names as Malig, Millig or Milligs. In 1776 he placed an advertisement in a Glasgow newspaper seeking to feu the land, and in particular he stated that " bonnet makers, stocking, linen and woolen weavers will meet with encouragement ". However his efforts were unsuccessful, partly because roads were rudimentary and also because the shore at Helensburgh made it unattractive to shipping, it was shallow, dotted with large rocks and subject to a prevailing onshore wind. No precise date is known for the change of name to Helensburgh. However it was probably around 1785 when Sir James decided to name the town after his wife, Lady Helen Sutherland, born 1717, died 1791; she was the granddaughter of the 16th Earl of Sutherland. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

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