Heritage Centre

Cuthbert Spencer of Tighnabruaich

Gardener, Photographer and Lad o’Pairts

by Geoff Newton

Anyone who spent holidays in Tighnabruaich during the first half of the C20th would have been familiar with the photographic postcards sold in the shops to send home to friends and relatives. There were local views, some including houses and people could say, ‘This is where we stayed’; many were of steamers in which visitors might have sailed. There were also photographs of local Regattas and notable yachts.

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PS Jupiter steaming down the West Kyle. The card is numbered Spencer 62; this vessel was launched in 1937 so if the numbering is sequential, there must be a gap of at least three or four years between these two photographs. The card is unused and the back is identical to nos. 32 & 57.