Classification and Statistics

Settlement Type: small town
Population (2011): 14220    
(2001): 14626
(1991): 15852
(1981): 16622
(Combined with Craigendoran, Rhu and Shandon)
(1971): 12870
(1961): 9605
(1951): 8760
(1901): 8554
( Burgh)
(1881): 7693
(1871): 5975
(1861): 4163
(1851): 2841

Tourist Rating: Yes
Text of Entry Updated: 17-NOV-2022

Latitude: 56.0041°N Longitude: 4.7359°W
National Grid Reference: NS 295 824
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During World War II, the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (MAEE) was transferred to Helensburgh where it was safer and more secure than its previous home in Felixstowe (Suffolk). This organisation was responsible for testing seaplanes and their weaponry. Sir James Arnot Hamilton (1923 - 2012) began his career here, going on to lead design teams for the Jaguar and Concorde aircraft. At the end of the war the MAEE moved back to Suffolk. The naval connection continues, with both HM Naval Base Clyde and RNAD Coulport located nearby, and many navy personnel living or making use of facilities in Helensburgh.
References and Further Reading
Walker, Frank Arneil (2000) The Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute. Penguin, London

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