OCTOCENTENARY: Dumbarton 800 Years Royal Burgh

Dumbarton 800


To celebrate Dumbarton’s Octocentenary we hosted eight short talks focusing on objects from West Dunbartonshire Council’s Museum and Archives Collections relating to the history of the town.

Cutty Sark Model and Log Book

Cutty sark model in glass box


As part of our Dumbarton 800 celebrations,we learneds more about the Cutty Sark, the famous tea clipper which was built in Dumbarton and sailed the world. See our scale model of the vessel whose name was inspired by a Burns poem, and delve into the log books from her maiden and early voyages, donated to Dumbarton Library a century ago by the Cutty Sark’s first Captain.


King and Queen of Scotland – Dumbarton’s Royal Charters

Charter - King and Queen


This was a rare chance to view some of the oldest items in our archive collection, a selection of conserved Royal Charters issued between 1488 and 1597. Learn more about the Kings and Queens that issued the charters and the part they played in the history of Dumbarton with a short talk covering King James II, King James V, Mary of Guise and King James VI.

Saints and Sinners – The Skellat Bell


We explored the histSkellat Bellory of one of the museum collections oldest objects, the Skellat Bell. A Ninth Century Celtic bell, believed to have been used by a saint to call people to prayer on Loch Lomond, rung to warn residents of Viking attacks and to broadcast news of deaths, crimes and burgh announcements throughout post-reformation Dumbarton.


Dumbarton in Glassmaking Days by Alexander Brown

Dumbarton glass making


As part of the Dumbarton 800 celebration series, we took a close look at one of the finest paintings of Dumbarton in the museum collection. Dumbarton in Glassmaking Days by Alexander Brown offers a unique insight into the town in the early 1800s. Join us for this short talk to learn more about the artist, his work and the inspiration behind the painting – the Dumbarton Glassworks Company.


  1. Yeah! I got permission to examine the files in WDC’s Legal Dept. years ago. They’ve got a copy of the Charter of Erection 1221 by King Alexander 2. That’s where the fishing rights on the R Leven originate. They’ve got a “Fisheries File.” The original Charter was lost. I wrote about all of that in the Lennox Herald.
    I remember it well because The Lennox doctored my letters. After all of that with WDC and the Library and getting other information from Registers of Scotland The Lennox headed one of my letters, “Debate continues.” What “Debate” that was who knows. Then they prefaced everything I said with, “In my opinion and I think and me this and me that.” Just a pack of lies they made up. I wasn’t responsible for any of that and it had zero to do with me.
    I wrote back referring them to the legal others I mentioned and included application forms so they could find out and read the titles for themselves. I wasn’t mentioned anywhere in that. But they never corrected what they said and I didn’t get an apology for their wasting my time.
    Otherwise, there’s no information in “heaven.” It’s all down here with plenty locked up and behind closed doors. The Local Libraries are a monument to the liberal capitalist ruling class, all their lies and propaganda. After 61 years as a member the only interesting book I got from them, on request, was “The Law of Game, Salmon and Freshwater Fishing in Scotland, by ex-Sheriff Stanley Scott Robinson, 1990, for the Law Society of Scotland. That was his “opinion” and he never did “debates.”

  2. What James Graham refers to here did not happen on my watch at the Lennox. Readers of The Democrat will know we are dedicated here to openness and transparency. And to publish and be damned.

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