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2/17/2007 7:29:43 PM Amy
Page from Horwich
Excellent site - well done to all
3/17/2007 5:42:27 PM Richard Cartwright from Bolton
Most interesting site I've seen for ages. Well done and thanks
3/18/2007 7:22:44 PM Chris Kirkham from Fascadail,
Very nice job - very interesting - I particularly enjoyed the many old
pictures including some of my home in Arrochar.
3/18/2007 8:53:12 PM Jim Miller from Rothesay Isle of
Perhaps the best community website I have read in a long time, keep up
the good work, best wishes from Rothesay Brandane A.F.C.
3/19/2007 10:15:48 AM Anne Mackay from Brisbane,
Congratulations to the history group, what a wonderful achievement. My
ancestors lived at Tarbet and this has enabled me to learn more about
the area. The old photo's are brilliant. Keep up the good work it is
most certainly appreciated from "down under"
3/20/2007 10:40:41 AM Catherine Knox (nee
MacDonald from Stonehaven, Scotland
I find your site very interesting and seeing the people in the school
photographs makes me recall their names. It all seems so long ago, but
then I suppose it is. You are doing a good job Mary, keep it up.
3/20/2007 12:55:13 PM Tom Huxtable from Annan,
Dumfries and Galloway Scotland
Excellent website, At age 76 and Arrochar `born and bred`, I am
constantly learning about my heritage. My `congrats` to all concerned.
Keep feeding me doses of nostalgia - Arrochar Tom
3/20/2007 2:38:24 PM Mike Kavanagh from Hove, East Sussex
Very professional looking site with lots of interesting sections. A
credit to the area. My ancestor was living in Arrochar in 1891 for the
building of the West Highland Railway. The position of the huts
(temporary accommodation for the workers) and some more local
information about the influx of the Irish navvies would be very
3/20/2007 9:20:09 PM Stella Irving from Portincaple
What a super site. Really interesting. Congratulations!
3/22/2007 3:59:11 PM Captain Bill Lowe from "Silverdale",
Currently in the USA (spreading the word). Everyone has been very
impressed by the website and the information it contains. They say it's
a wonderful thing to maintain our heritage. They can take a lot from us
but they will never be able to take our heritage!
3/24/2007 1:46:59 PM Sarah Jordan from
This is a fab. site !!!!!!
3/27/2007 12:05:36 AM Irene Maundrell
[Campbell] from Ontario, Canada
The site has given me so much pleasure and interest, thanks to all who
have done so much work it has brought home so much closer and I have
learned so much especially about the MacFarlanes of whom I am one. You
are doing a great service.
10:53:23 pm John from USA
Very nice site!
4/13/2007 6:11:38 AM
Robert Mathieson from Sydney, Australia
Great website my family are from Arrochar and still live there - it was
great being able to visit last year and visiting the heritage centre was
a big thrill. The website is fantastic.
4/19/2007 10:41:19 PM Claire Penning from Hertfordshire
A lovely trip down memory lane, an excellent site well done.
4/22/2007 2:08:15 PM Walter and Mairi Lindsay
from Perth Scotland.
Well done Mary and team, brilliant site. Well documented, very
nostalgic. Keep up the good work. Great to look back, it reminds me of
4/24/2007 8:03:35 PM Jeanette
Smith (ne MacLennan) from Camdeenton, Missouri, U.S.A.
A big thank you to the Heritage Assc. Born & raised in Tarbet it is a
wonderful trip down Memory Lane. Your site is a wonderful way to tell
everyone all the history connected with Arrochar, Tarbet Ardlui etc. Now
when I want a trip home all I have to do is grab a mouse and press on
it's head!!! Keep up the good work!!
4/24/2007 9:33:25 PM Sally Black from Livingston, West Lothian
We have a caravan on Glenloin Caravan Park and have found browsing the
history of this village fascinating - we love Arrochar and this brings
the area to life for us - making comparisons with how the area was in
days gone by and how it is now.
11:40:25 AM Andrew Stirling from Dunoon
A trip down memory lane. Thank you.
5/17/2007 05:12 AM Neil Charters from Delhi
What an excellent site that rolls up a great deal of information.
Was nice to catch a picture of my brother and sister at Glencroe School,
I went for around 6 months in 1964-1965 before we all moved to Admiralty
Cottages and the BIG school at Tarbet. I remember the range bus
sing-along with David McKinnon and "John Browns Body"
5/21/2007 2:10:25 AM Ian Collins from
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Takes me back to my boyhood. Great site.
5/29/2007 3:20:16 PM Dorothy Nimlin Watson
from Strathmiglo, Nife
HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO GO THROUGH WHOLE SITE BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SPENDING
MORE TIME SOON. REGARDS TO HEATHER AND FAMILY AT GLENLOIN HOUSE WHERE I
SPENT SO MANY WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS BREAKS IN THE 40S AND 50S.
5/31/2007 8:42:13 PM Duncan Robb from
Excellent site. Very interesting for me because of the links with the
MacFarlane Clan. Excellent source of information and very well
presented. Well done and keep up the good work.
6/1/2007 1:51:27 PM Maurice Bearder from Skipton, North
My recent visit to Arrochar brought back to me when my late uncle Watson
Metcalfe used to stay at the nearby hotel where Miss Anderson was the
manageress, he used to have a drink with Magnus McClean who became good
friends during the 1970's or 80's.I now understand why Arrochar is so
6/8/2007 8:38:10 PM
Darko Babic The
Best in Heritage-Project Manager
Allow me to congratulate you for the exceptional work you performed in
creating this heritage base Web site. It is indeed informative and very
6/11/2007 2:52:03 PM Alan Wishart from
Read the Arrochar Heritage item in "The Park Free Press" publication
which I picked up at the Info Centre at Lomond Shores. My father was a
retained fireman stationed at Dumbarton, and I recall him talking about
the Loch Long Hotel fire, which he attended. I am sure I have a press
cutting which shows him hosing down the embers, but regretfully, cannot
immediately lay my hands on it. If I come across it, I will email it on
to you. The article pointed me to your excellent site. I am a retired
Dunbartonshire Constabulary Road Traffic Patrol Officer, who regularly
patrolled the area in car and on motor cycle.
6/16/2007 5:49:10 AM Mark Paterson from
Miss the Loch very much. Being from Portincaple. Nay water doon here.
All the best
6/16/2007 11:17:29 AM Lynn Nicolson from Arrochar
I don't know why I was so surprised and impressed with the site!!!
Knowing the people involved I should have expected such amazing quality
and wealth of information given.
It is brilliant well done all of you I hope everyone appreciates the
time and commitment you have all given. THANK YOU and well done!
6/17/2007 5:23:53 AM Chris Fowler from
What a treat! Had a lovely time finding out about the area. A really
well set out and informative website.
6/17/2007 6:44:57 PM Ralph S Risk from Helensburgh
Would welcome word from any of the Kelvinside Academy boys who were
evacuated to Tarbet 1940-44
6/17/2007 7:53:56 PM Robert (Bob) McLean from Suffolk
Well-done Mary and your team for producing such a remarkable,
comprehensive and enlightening Website. I thoroughly enjoy my periodic
visits and journeys down memory lane including those related to school
days, cub meetings, the heritage trail and the history of my previous
home. Someone has been extremely busy compiling the recent impressive
and detailed overview of Arrochar Cemetery.
6/22/2007 5:47:18 AM Mark & Adele Voice from
Dunedin, New Zealand
We lived and worked in Arrochar for 4 months in 1997 while on a working
holiday and absolutely loved the place and the people. Last year our
beautiful daughter was born and we named her Arrochar. This is a great
website. Keep up the good work !
7:33:31 AM Maakug from Ukraine
Nice site man! This will be my first time visiting. Keep up the great
work. Thanks much!
7/1/2007 1:58:18 AM
Whitney A. McFarlin from Lakeland, Florida
Great site...well done history...I'll send you a photo my painting of
the Parish Church at Arrochar by e-mail.
Thanks for great work.
7/1/2007 4:14:22 PM FIONA McLEOD from ARROCHAR
FAB SITE MARY,"WELL DONE" WAS GREAT TO SEE MY GRANDPA & GRANNIE ON VIDEO
(ARROCHAR SCREEN TEST) IN THOSE DAYS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
7/6/2007 8:48:39 PM Malcolm and Heather Whitlock
from Sugarboat View, Helensburgh
It is tremendous to see Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui's history being
documented and recorded for all future generations to be able to read,
enjoy and learn their heritage, so much of this is lost today and future
generations are poorer for not knowing it, you and all your supporters
are to be applauded for your sterling efforts in this task "and long may
your Lum reek strang".
The Whitlocks of Sugarboat View.
1:57:51 AM Lucy from Australia
Hi all! I am Lucy, I have found your website while searching for some
info at Google. Your site has helped me in a big way. G'night
7/8/2007 9:01:35 PM Michael Huxtable from
What a lovely time I had looking back on my childhood in Arrochar, by
looking at the pictures and reading my uncle Tom's stories. If you have
any info on my grandparents Hannah and Alex Huxtable or any stories
about my Dad Edward (Eddy Huxtable) please email.
7/17/2007 7:37:02 AM Christine
(MacFarlane) Cook from Chichester, West Sussex
I came across this excellent and well put-together site whilst
researching family history. It gives a real sense of the place and it's
history, and particularly of the Clan MacFarlane. This is obviously a
real labour of love. Very well done to all concerned and thank you.
7/20/2007 1:46:29 AM Harry Ellen from
Pocahontas Ave. Richmond, Vaginia USA
Absolutely a wonderful and informative website! I have only visited it
once, but plan to do so many times in the future. It has been so helpful
in tracing the Stalker family tree. The 1891 census and Arrochar church
grave yard links have been so helpful in my quest. I would love to see
all the available censuses that are currently extant. Keep it active and
don't hesitate to add to its content.
7/23/2007 5:16:13 PM Ken MacLean from Stirling
Other communities should be envious of the skill and hard work evident
in this site. Great job--well done
7/29/2007 9:50:30 PM Steven Yelland from Wakefield, West
An excellent site - just returned from Arrochar today - found the site
quickly via wiki. Very informative details with great pictures - please
keep up this fascinating site. Well done!
8/11/2007 8:00:00 PM Catherine McMenamin from Exeter
I use to visit my Aunt almost every week-end, her name was Kate
Workman and her husband John, he worked in the Range, and they lived in
the Range houses, and then they move later over to the Admiralty
Cottages, she also worked in the Loch Long Hotel as a cook, I think? My
sister and I were evacuated for a short time, in the forties, the last
time I was up there would be around 1953, and I must say looking at the
Heritage site brought back a lot of memories. The picture of the school,
I think it was 195O, I saw my friend, Nancy Campbell, we were friends
for some time, but moving down to Exeter, I lost touch, she use to live
in a house in Cobbler View, then she got married to John McLean. I have
always wanted to go back there, but so far not been able to manage it.
Congratulations on your site, it really was lovely to read all about it.
8/27/2007 8:21:45 AM Dianne Cairns from Arrochar
Having lived in Arrochar for 27 years and my children born here
I cannot believe the amount of work that has went into such a
wonderful website. Having read the guestbook it has reached people
so far and wide with so many excellent comments keep up the
09/16/2007 11:46 PM Colleen Anderson from
What a wonderful site, packed with so much history, making a fascinating
read. George would have loved the history of the West Highland Railway. Brought
back some very poignant memories of our happy times at Teighness Stores.
09/17/2007 04:19 PM Tammy Mellert (McFarland) from Euclid OH
Hello! Excellent Site! I have been researching my family history for years
now (McFarland). It is good to see the pictures of the places my family
came from and how they lived. I love it! Thanks for all the hard work.
09/19/2007 12:05 AM May & Morton Renfrew (nee Neilson)
On behalf of former residents of Arrochar we would like to thank
everyone involved for your total commitment to this outstanding and
informative web site. We just love it! and it allows us to go down
memory lane with just a click of a button.
11/02/2007 09:33 PM John Livingston
interesting site i enjoyed it having spent holidays at the range
cottages with my uncle and aunt Robert and Isa Campbell. I am sure
Chrissie Fisher has many more stories of local interest to tell!
11/04/2007 08:01 PM Morag and Kenny from Craigard,
Arrochar. Well Mary you told us the site was good but we never
realised how good it was until we looked - very impressive and a
wealth of information. Having moved here 3 years ago and staying at
Craigard, we found the photos and information fabulous. We will
spend a lot of time looking through all the archives. WELL
11/25/2007 02:56 PM
Marie Lonnen. My dad is called William Allan Macdougall he is
from Ardlui, they stayed beside the railway. He is in some of the
photos and so is my granny Jane Macdougall. It is a very good site
and there is some nice pictures on there. My dad now lives in Conon
Bridge, Ross Shire.
11/29/2007 05:15 AM Sharon Pherson
from Salt Lake City, Utah. Very nice. I am the great
grand daughter of Ephraim Henry Williams. My grandfather was John
Albert Williams, son of Mary Ann Cook. Thanks for the info.
12/26/2007 08:16AM Susan Rose (nee
BURDEN) from Perth, Western Australia. I am the second
daughter of Eric and Marion Burden (now deceased). I emigrated to
Australia in 1964 aged 12 – I have not been back to Arrochar since
then but when I found this site I have had a ball walking down
memory lane and showing my daughter Maggie (now 21). I will now go
through some old family photos and send them on to you. Thanks Mary
for all your time and effort in putting this site together – it has
done an old Arrochar girls heart good. Thanks again
15/01/2008 07:07PM Angie Laidlaw from
(Nee Wilson) from Plymouth
I used to live in Seabank from 1980 to 1988 and attended
Arrochar Primary School. It brought back wonderful memories. It was
lovely to see the old photos of Tighness & read things I never knew
16/01/2008 01:44PM Iain Colquhoun
I enjoyed finding the 1933 picture of the Arrochar football club
on your website. My grandfather, Sir Iain Colquhoun, is in the
picture. I was brought up in Stuckgowan House South of Tarbet and
emigrated to Canada in 1972. I enjoy your website and recognize a
lot of the names.
19/01/2008 5:47PM Ron & May Harris
from Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Wow, what a wonderful website! I've never seen such a good cemetery
display - terrific. I found my 4x great grandfather, George HAMILTON
1794 - 1887, in the old part of the cemetery. He farmed at Succoth,
Arrochar, as did his son, also named George HAMILTON. George Sr.'s
daughter, Elizabeth HAMILTON, married John MCMILLAN - still looking
for their graves & that of George Sr.'s wife, Margaret BLACK. Also,
Elizabeth & John's daughter, Margaret MCMILLAN, married shepherd,
Dugald MCGREGOR - they had a fair sized family at Lochgoilhead. They
were at High Glen Croe too. Anyone know any connections to these
Sue Grierson from
What a fantastic web site!!!!!!! It has given me a wonderful insight
into some of the family members in my family tree. The information
you display for Arrochar Parish Church graveyard is exceptional. I think the biggest
surprise of all was seeing photographs for the first time of members
of my family tree. Thank you.
25/03/2008 8:58PM Pat Kerins from
What a brilliant site which brings back many happy memories. My
mother Peggy was a lumberjack with the Forestry in the 1940's and
stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Fraser at Ardgarten Lodge. I lived there
also around 1945/7. They had 2 children, Alastair and Rosalyn. Sandy
Fraser worked the Forestry horse whose stable was on the right hand
side of the road leading from the lodge to Ardgarten House. Mrs
Fraser's nickname was "Ming" (because as a toddler the nearest I
could get to Mrs. Fraser was Ming Fae and it stuck!). I have sent
Howard a photo of the lodge dating from about 1938 which is now on
the Ardgarten Photos page on the Heritage Trail (click
here). Pat Kerins - then known as Ian
05/04/2008 4:51AM Malcolm
Lobban from Australia
I am an ex-Vale of Leven man, aged 77, now living in
South Australia since 2001. I paid a
visit back home during November 2006 and stayed overnight in
Arrochar. I know the district well, having been an MOD Police CID
officer, based at CSB Faslane. I am now a member of the Clan
MacFarlane Society, Australia, Inc., where I serve as editor/history
researcher. I have several Macfarlane forebears up my family tree! I
think your website is excellent, and I shall keep in touch to find
the latest news from the old ‘Clanlands’.
22/05/2008 3:25PM Ursula Dorocki
from Adelaide, South Australia
My parents owned Rossmay in the 1970's and I remember many a
pleasant weekend spent there, as a student from Glasgow
University. My father (Stanley Dorocki) hired out fishing
boats, and my mother (Helen) ran the bed-and-breakfast
business. They recalled this time as the best in their life. It
is so interesting to read about the history of Arrochar, and to
be a small part of it. I now live in Australia and enjoy the
sunshine, but I well remember those beautiful views over Loch
Long. And the sound of my father swearing at his attempts to
mend his boats, or when he was interrupted by fishermen arriving
at an inconvenient time. Still, he had great neighbours and
friends in Stuart and family, and Pony and Winkie. Where are
24/5/2008 8:25AM Terri L Mooradian
from Virginia, USA
I am Terri Mooradian of the McFarland Clan and a member of
the McFarlane Society. Your site was very interesting. I am a
descendent of John McFarland of Arrochar who was born there and
emigrated to Virginia, America where he died in 1767. Anyone
related to him who still live there?
27/7/2008 23:59PM Graham Gray from Stanwell,
Only heard of the site from and old friend, Davie
MacKinnon on a recent visit "home" July 18.
I know I will make many "visits" and am enjoying reading the
memories and looking at the old pictures.
I've already spotted pics of my late mother and father
during their war service and beyond at RNTR.
Best Wishes to all who may remember me in Arrochar. My home
from 1954 to 1972.
Graham - Once of Admiralty Cottages.
02/03/2009 00:56AM Helen & Bruce McFarlane
Christchurch, New Zealand
Looking forward to visiting the area in May 09 and
perhaps seeing something of the ancestry of my husbands
family. Would also love to meet up with other McFarlanes
in the area. My husbands Great Grandfather Andrew was
born Stirling 1835, wife Mary Wilson (Higgie) and his
parents having been farmers somewhere (?).Arrived by
boat in NZ Nov 1860 after 92 days at sea.
20/04/2009 10:06AM Jim McLean
from the Chilterns, Bucks
This is a great site indeed! I first camped in the
Arrochar caves aged 16yrs old. Born in Greenock, my
friends and I would get the boat from Gourock to
Helensburgh, and then walk to upper Helensburgh
station to get the train to Arrochar / Tarbert. I've
been back on several occasions and I have to say
it's one of my favourite places. I am now 48yrs old
and live in a small market town in the Chilterns in
Buckinghamshire but I intend to visit Arrochar
24/04/2009 10:07AM Joy Earnshaw
from New South Wales, Australia
I am researching my ancestors, the McINTYRE
family from Arrochar and Morelaggan. I really enjoy
visiting your website as it has given me an insight
to the area and the the way of life of those who
lived there. Keep up the good work.
13/06/2009 08:17PM Claire Hawkins
Excellent site - well done! From a 'Stalker' exiled in
14/07/2009 00:45AM Robert McGuire
Arrochar is a very nice
place to go for a break away - I also was in movie
that was filmed in loch long next to
arrochar... Robert McGuire (actor/film maker) Glasgow
31/07/2009 10:37AM Fiona Gibbs from Perth, Australia
Now is Perth, Australia
but grew up in Arrochar where we ran "Maconald's
Shop". Just found the website so will have fun
reading all the old memories I have now printed
off. Hope to visit next August so looking forward
to that. Well done !!
17/10/2009 12:12AM Lorraine Cole
I, like my cousin Michael Huxtable and my brilliant Uncle Tom, can remember
many happy times spent in Arrochar as a child.
Though we were never happier than when all the
cousins were together sleeping head to toes in the
one room. Though I do remember my cousin Alex
telling me that Frankenstein and Dracula were buried
in the graveyard which as a 7 yr old i believed lol. Lorraine Cole ( Maria
Huxtable's daughter) If anyone has any
stories about my mum I would love to hear them
19/10/2009 10:11AM Janice Matthews from
First of all, congratulations on your lovely website. We
are just back in Ireland after a wonderful week in
Scotland. My mother was Canadian, but both her parents
had Scots ancestry. My grandfather came from Stirling
(the city) but we had no idea where my grandfather
originated in Scotland. A visit to Glasgow, a quick
look at "A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada
before Confederation" by Donald Whyte sorted that
problem out. I had traced John Whyte to Glasgow in
1845, when he married my Great great grandmother
Margaret Cook Miller, and where the first two of their 7
children were born. However I could not pin his own
birth down. At least now I know what part of Scotland
he came from and what a beautiful part it is. Ken & I
had coffee in the hotel in Ardlui on Wednesday last and
took in the peace and quiet, and of course, the scenery.
I could not believe my luck when I found your website on
our return. We looked in the graveyard at Arrochar, but
no luck with Whytes. I would be really grateful for any
information you could give me.
I have a detailed family tree from Glasgow to the
present day in Canada, the latest John Whyte only died
in June of last year (2008), aged 90 years.
08/02/2010 09:21AM James R. Couzin-Wood
from Hawthorne, Melbourne, Australia
Very good site it brings back many memories of Arrochar. I
lived in the old House behind the Old Loch Long Hotel
and then in the old Manse House after the fire in 1955.
My father was the Range development Officer and attended
the fire in 1955 and got Sheena McFarlane and guests out
22/02/2010 11:38AM Colin Campbell from
Cardross (formerly 23 Kirkfield Place, Arrochar)
Many congratulations on a superb web site. It is giving me, a
childhood resident of Arrochar (1942-1953), many happy
reminiscences. Memories of Arrochar school Tarbet by Elizabeth
Findlay (Carson) have evoked many happy memories and Arrochar in
wartime was an amazing account around my early years. I have visited
Arrochar and Tarbet Heritage exhibition at the old Ballyhennan
church and enjoyed the photographic archive you've created too -
thank you very much indeed!
21/04/2010 01:47PM Jim McGunigel from
James Mc Gunigel from Germany.
Congratulations this is a great site and it certainly brought
back a lot of memories.
We moved from Glasgow to Tarbet around 1950 and stayed in a
small cottage in Stuckivuloch (not sure if the spelling is
correct) which was a bit up the hill behind Stuckgowan. There
was no running water, no electricity and no bathroom. My dad
went to work for Jock (John) McLean who had his workshop at that
time next to Pop Davidson’s village store. My sister Caroline
and I went to Tarbet school and I remember we had the best
school dinners ever, prepared by Mrs McLean, Nancy Campbel and
wee Maggie. Remember the Friday ‘special’, shepherds pie and
jelly?? In 1952/53 my dad bought the ‘Old Toll Cottage’ and I
had a great wee business in the summer selling crisps, snowballs
and Garvies lemonade to the ‘mostly’ English tourists (we called
them the boat people) who were doing the ‘three lochs trip. We
then moved to 22 Cobbler View and in 1957. I left school
(Hermitage) and went to serve my apprenticeship with Jock McLean
who by this time had his workshop behind the old manse in
Arrochar. We were a great gang Jim Mc Dermaid, Billy MacDougal,
Ronnie Mac Donald, George Bisset, Billy Mc Evoy and ian Watt. I
worked for Mc Gruers in Clynder for a while and then spent 3
years at the Torpedo Range before going to Glasgow to work for
Rolls Royce in Hillington.
In 1974 I decided to give Holland and Germany a try. My
Intention was to stay a maximum 12 months. I’m still here!!
I get back to the area at least every year. My sister lives in
Gareloch-head and we always pop up to Arrochar .Once again
thanks for all your great research and keep up the good work.
11/11/2010 11:56AM Mary Galloway from
Auckland, New Zealand
I grew up in at Railway Cottage Ardvorlich,
and went to school at Arrochar Primary, and spent a lot of time
in Ardlui and Inveruglas as a child I found this stroll down
memory lane very enjoyable. It gives the area the recognition it
deserves - Mary Galloway Auckland New Zealand
30/12/2010 03:29AM Robert Kerr from
Vancouver BC, Canada
Myself and sisters (Jackie & Gail) were at Arrochar school from
1963-70s and lived @ Garabal farm, Ardlui, travelling the lochside
(Lomond) daily along with Fisher and other families, to school and
back. This continued for our short time at Hermitage Academy,
Helensburgh, before moving to Edinburgh. There were plenty of
various memories at the various farms( Garabal, Stuckendroin,
Garristuck & Doune,Inverarnan and Inveruglas). All the farmers used
to cross(small rowing boat with engine) the north end of the Loch to
work on the sheep at Garrastuck. Many memories of my friend and
mentor Iain Fisher( Stuckendroin) b.6/07/1952 especially when he
took me to see Glasgow Rangers one week and Celtic the next, with
our adventures on the train journey home and the Lorne pub in
Glasgow. One special memory is the giant 2ton rock that each of us
3(siblings) "owned" out the back of Garabal, our pet fox(Basil),
bambi deer and various other animals(cows, dogs, cats, ducks,ferrets
and sheep). Richard(Dick) was our main sheepdog, living to a good
age.I remember having the hots for our teacher Miss Malon and likng
the Urwin and Noble girls.The policeman had twin sons(one named
Douglas). Mrs Mcpherson was the long time teacher and many thanks go
to her for her great teaching! Yes I remember it fondly...:)
09/09/2011 08:53PM Bryn Wayt from East Sussex
My name is Bryn Wayt and I want to start by saying that
ARROCHAR is the best place in the world for me! To put
that into perspective, I retired from a 38 year aviation career
as a pilot, including 12 years in the Royal Air Force, the rest
in "civvy" flying. I have seen the sights around the world as
one might expect, but I love Arrochar best, so that's where I'm
at! In terms of my very fond memories, they go back to when I
was about 8 or 9 years old, maybe even before (I'm 68 right now)
to when my mother (Elsie) used to take me, and sometimes my
Granny Don, to Arrochar every summer during primary school
holidays; we stayed with a fabulous family, the McGilvary's at
5, Admiralty Cottages. Jack, Margaret, May and Dougie made us
very welcome and we became life-long friends; sadly only May and
Dougie are still alive, but I have kept in touch all those
years. I have marvelled at how Dougie came on in the world and
publically salute him here. I don't know any man alive who has
worked so hard, for so long. He must be a
and one of Arrochar’s finest Sons. I need only say Weldex.
I learned to swim in Arrochar, ride a bike, climb hills, tie
knots, make rafts, eat whelks, mussels, and make "tarzan swings"
and how to pick up a crab without it biting me - coming from the
east end of Glasgow in the 1950’s all this (and more!) was just
magic. Dougie was one super-fit wee laddie leading everything we
did with the 'gang' - whether it was running down the hill after
"finding" these things that were strapped to the railway line to
warn of danger (then throwing big rocks at them to make them
explode!) or diving off the jetty for huge "clabbie doos" which
we ate for tea. Many contained wee pearls! Not for the first
time did he ask if we could have a loan of the rowing boat from
Mrs Carson(?) or Mr McKenzie so we could go off fishing. Fishing
back then was always bountiful; once I hauled up two on the same
hook (lovely big cod) and three on the line. Sometimes on the
row back home we used to catch saithe, no bait, just a spinner.
You hardly knew if you caught one, because they did not 'bite'
like a cod, they just were caught on the sly as it were. We sold
some of the fish to the hotel, gave some to the neighbours, some
to the boat owner, and some for our tea! What days for two young
lads, not a Health and Safety sign anywhere, life-vests - what
are they? It rained but we still went swimming and went out to
Holidays were always packed with things to do -
climb the hill and watch torpedoes being fired from the range
(Jack worked on the range, and May's boyfriend, Alex Parker
(RIP) was a navy diver). One lasting and impressive memory I
have was when I saw a rowing boat adrift opposite Wylie's shop,
I went in to tell them, and this far older lad came rushing out
and he just swam out to it and pulled it ashore, still wearing
his long trousers and shirt! To me that was utterly amazing. I
know how cold the water could be. Actions speak louder than
words would be the phrase nowadays.
It is very
gratifying to know that the "Cockleshell Heroes" used the loch
when practising attaching their limpet mines (they used an old
Dutch ship called the "Jan van Gelder"). They were there
on the 23rd November 1942 after rowing up from HMS Forth
(the submarine depot ship at the time when the submarine Tuna
was tied up along side). I know quite a bit about them, as I
became friends with the "Last of the Cockleshell Heroes" Bill
Sparks DSM many years before he died (RIP).
the time Dougie and I were up the big hill (behind the cottages)
and watched the flat clam water being broken by a submarine
surfacing and then swinging round in a left turn to tie up at
the range and face down the loch. Other times we saw a shark! It
was a terrifying experience for wee boys seeing this big fin
slice through the water so close to the shore. To my everlasting
shame I admit, for the first time in public, I threw stones at
it (all fell short thank goodness). It came back more than once
during that summer, but we were never in the boat at the time. I
later learned that is was a "basking shark" - but a shark was a
shark back then and they were all man eaters and a big WOW!
I try to get up to Arrochar as often as I can, and stand and let
the memories flood back; it was some of the best times of my
life, learning how to grow up surrounded by mountains and the
open loch. I recognise many names
from my wanderings around this fabulous website - what became of
Mary Bell I wonder?
16/09/2011 07:14AM John G Lamond
(was Mackenzie) from Larnaca, Cyprus
Very nice site... I was
particularly interested in the section regarding
Glen Croe Primary as I was 1 of the last 2 pupils to
attend the school...
Thanks for the memories John
Lamond (was Mackenzie)
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