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Dunoons Past

We would love to hear your stories of how you remember Dunoon, whether you have emigrated, heard about it from your relations, come on holiday here or have lived here all your life.

People have been coming to and leaving Dunoon for many generations, from the time it was a small costal hamlet, to when it became a popular holiday resort for Glaswegians, to the arrival of the American Navy in the Sixties. It is actually very hard to go anywhere in the world and not bump into somebody who has been to Dunoon many joining the influx of people for Cowal Games.

We will not be forgetting Rabbie who had his own links to Dunoon with his true love Highland Mary.

So if you have any memories, stories or photographs you would like to share please send them to us either via the comments option or email them to

Highland Mary StatueFerry at Dunoon Pier

Pictures reproduced from the Community Councils Guide to Dunoon from the 1950′s, showing Highland Mary’s Statue and holiday makers arriving on the ferry at the pier.


  1. Hey Frankie, I am in for a competition to sing at a big event in Glasgow called Savifest, I need all the votes i can get, could you vote for me and share it? my name on the voting poll is Maria Marciano here is the link thanks,

  2. So pleased to hear you people at both radio stations have such a good sence of humour Alot of thought must have gone into this morning morning show, would love to hear it again. Flo

  3. Tommy Kinvig says:

    During World War 2 I was an evacuee in Dunoon from Dalmarnock Glasgow for about 5 years. I stayed in various houses in the town including “Dunrod” in Alexander Street. My mother had an an aunt called Davida Reid who owned the house and I have lovely fond memories of her and the house. There used to be a “Monkey Puzzle” tree in the garden which has now gone. Lovely memories indeed. I played pipes with Kilsyth Thistle Pipe Band for the period 1970 – 1990 and went to the Cowal Games with the band winning the grade 4 competition twice and other prizes too. I spent the bulk of my primary education at Dunoon Grammar School and at the end of the war returned to Glasgow. Because of age I haven’t attended the Cowal Games for a number of years now but I am happy to say that my son and grandson are continuing the Dunoon connection with Kilsyth Pipe Band. I love Dunoon and the area it is a bonny place full of personal memories for me.

  4. Tam Dean Burn o' The Bum-Clocks says:

    just read your stuff on Burns and Homecoming as I was looking for possible gig contacts in Dunoon.

    The band I am singer with, The Bum-Clocks ( auls Scots for ‘beetles’ ) are part of Homecoming and we are touring Scotland this year to celebrate Robert Burns with our ‘Tale O’ Twa Dugs – Rab & Iggy ‘ which explores the hitherto unknown relationship between Burns and Iggy Pop. We would love to play Dunoon.

    You can hear and see what we are up to at our website or our myspace page.

  5. DJ Duggy Day says:

    Hello Dunoon folks, greetings from Beijing.

    A few weeks ago I sent some pix that I’d taken of Dunoon into the Homecoming Scotland 2009 photo contest, and they have now been accepted.

    If you’d like to see the photos, just checkout the Placebook Scotland website, here’s the address:


    Checked out the BBC website devoted to Robert Burns and there is now a lot more Burns Songs, not only to listen to but to see with live concert performances from Eddi Reader, Phil Cunningham and even Paolo Nutini.Well worth a visit. DS Dunoon


    Hello E.S.Stewart and thanks for the information about Prince Charles and his recent recording of two poems from the Bard for the BBC.
    I checked out the BBC websites and found this new BBC web devoted to Robert Burns and they have made the two poems available to listen to-just click :
    and it will take you there DCR@ADMIN


    Hi Guys, seems like everyone is paying tribuite to the Bard –and rightly so. Did you see that Prince Charles has now paid tribute to Robert Burns’ 250th birthday by reciting two of the Bard’s best-known poems for a major new archive of his work.
    His backing for the Homecoming celebrations came as it emerged almost 3,000 Burns Suppers were now signed up to take part.
    A host of big names have also been confirmed for the official gala Burns Supper at Alloway, the Ayrshire birthplace of the poet, that First Minister Alex Salmond is hosting on Saturday.
    The prince recorded his take of My Luve Is Like A Red Red Rose and My Heart Is In The Highlands at Dumfries House in Ayrshire earlier this week. Robbie Coltrane, Robert Carlyle, Alan Cumming and Bill Paterson have helped create a new online record of Burns’s work, to be launched by the BBC on Sunday.
    The centrepiece Burns Supper of the Homecoming celebrations will feature performances by singers and musicians Sandi Thom, Karen Matheson, Karine Polwart, James Grant and Roddy Hart.
    It’s good to see you guys at Dunoon Community Radio getting behind the Homecoming Scotland 2009.Good Luck for the future.
    E.S.STEWART. Dunoon


    Greetings DJ Duggy Day from everyone at DCR and Dunoon.
    Hope you have orgainised a HAGGIS to combine your celebration for the start of the Year Of The GOLDEN OX and RABBIES birthday.
    We will expect nothing less from you than to play at least one Burns tune during your radio programme broadcasting to Beijing.
    You could do no worse than consider playing an Eddi Reader tune from our Burns CD Review
    “Eddi Reader Sings Robert Burns”
    and there’s another good reason to “raise the glass!”
    Take Care ALL @DCR


    Hello to all the DCR Crew, and folks of Dunoon from Duggy Day in Beijing.
    Just a wee note to wish you all a wonderful year of the Golden Ox, which will happen at midnight on Jan 25th, which also happens to be Robert Burns 250th anniversary.
    Another good reason to raise your glass!
    All the very best
    DJ Duggy Day


    Homecoming and The Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns

    Greetings from Steve Higson Falkirk

    Please can you help us in our quest for the Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns!

    As proud and passionate Scots we have decided in this Homecoming Scotland Year to co-ordinate a Worldwide Toast for the Bard.

    How to take part can be seen at this link:

    Perhaps you could ask the supporters at your next Home Match to raises an Irn Bru or Bovril in a Toast to “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns’ and join the worldwide total celebrating the Bards’ 250th Anniversary and the start of our Homecoming Year and then follow the links below to add the numbers to the total? It would be great if you could also ask people who are attending Burns Suppers to also log-in and add their numbers!

    Taking part in the Toast is easy:
    1. All we ask if for groups, large or small, to gather together.
    2. Raise a glass in a toast to “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns.”
    3. Count the number of people ‘Toasting’
    4. Log on and complete a simple on-line form to record your toast details so that your numbers can be counted as part of the worldwide total.

    It would be great if you could send us pictures and video clips for us to show on the website. Thank you!

    Counting has already started with the Sons of Scotland in Canada and The Caledonia Society of Alabama already adding their numbers to the worldwide total.

    We are also fundraising for the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman of the NTS, referred to the campaign as “an exciting project” and the thrilling yet simple “Donate a Pound Campaign’ will give the opportunity for all corners of the globe to contribute a single pound so that everyone can help to “give something back to Burns.’

    I hope that you can join in and encourage others also to make this the best celebration of Burns in History!!

    Robert is also looking for support at:

    All the very best

    Julie & Steve

    Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns
    4 Inglis Place
    FK2 0TE
    01324 410260

  12. HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009 says:

    Thanks for visiting our HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009 page, along with contributions from folk we hope to keep everyone informed of whats happening locally and how to get involved.
    Even if you do not live locally or even in Scotland we want you to get involved with the HOMECOMING so contact us and tell us of your memories.
    If you have time leave a wee message in the comments box or better still any ideas are always welcome.

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