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Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute

Helensburgh (Baile Eilidh in Gaelic) is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It lies on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde and the eastern shore of the entrance to the Gareloch. Helensburgh was formerly in Dumbarton District, but was re-allocated under local government reorganisation in 1996. Prior to 1975 it was part of the former Dunbartonshire.
Administrative CountyArgyll and Bute
Traditional CountyDunbartonshire
OS GridNS2982
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01436
Population14,626 (2001 Census)

Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Helensburgh, coast town with ry. sta., quay, and piers (one at Craigendoran), Row par., Dumbartonshire, on the N. shore of the Firth of Clyde and at the entrance to the Gare Loch, opposite Greenock (distant 4 miles), 8 miles NW. of Dumbarton, 23 NW. of Glasgow, and 404 NW. of London by rail, pop. 7693; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Helensburgh was founded in 1777 by Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, from whose wife it acquired its name. It is connected with Glasgow by both rail and steamer, and is one of the principal watering-places on the Clyde. The only industry is the herring and deep-sea fishing. On the esplanade is a monument to Henry Bell, of steam-navigation fame, who died at Helensburgh in 1830. In the vicinity of the town, which is pleasantly situated, are many fine mansions and villas.

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