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This section contains links to articles about West Dunbartonshire. Unlike the main content of this website, this incldues quite a bit of subjective comment and ideas.


The following is a personal view of the future of Alexandria and is a response to a public consultantion on it.

Author : Jeremy Watson


LOCAL MYSTERIES of Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and Environs

Author : Jeremy Watson

This is a look at several features in and around Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and beyond. It is based on real well or lesser known features and attempts to explain them through interpretations of rumours and local legends and historical context.

A few surprises crop up along the way.



This is a pdf of the document submitted along with the objection by the Lennox Heritage Society to a planning application that proposed severe intervention, even demolition, of the cliff face and Havoc Hole.


JOHN MCLEOD, architect. 

Author : Rod Richard. 

John McLeod was a locally born and bred architect of some significance. He designed a number of important buildings and designed the Smollett Fountain in 1870.



This covers notes on opportunities in the light of current planning proposals for Alexandria. 



With the high numbers of drownings in Loch Lomond during the summer of 2021, extra lifebelts were installed along the shore. This was done through the Partnership Approach to Water Safety (PAWS) in conjunction with West Dunbartonshire Council, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, Loch Lomond Rescue Boat and Open Water Rescue, the Prevention and Protection division of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (who maintain the equipment) and Police Scotland.  

A well established range of means of rescue are used by such services. Many, perhaps most incidents happen outwith very prompt reaction by them though and this leaves actions to the public themselves. That is why so many lifebelts are installed along the shores of our inland waterways. The new lifebelts are much appreciated within their context, but felt to leave large areas of water just off-shore unprotected. And they require some degree of skill and even means to get them to victims. A suggested option to remedy this is as discussed in the link below; a means of gaining respite when struggling. 

The following photos were taken during a rescue exercise on the Leven at the footbridge across from Renton in September 2021.

A boyant throw bag is an excellent means of getting a line to a victim.

Once pulled in, the team work together to ensure sound footing in the current to carry the victim to safety.

An inflated hose anchored with a rope is used to give a broad grab in fast flowing water.

The Danger-Grab-Bouy concept.

DANGER-GRAB-BUOYS : documents/water-safety/water-safety-on-local-lochs-and-rivers-_danger-grab-buoy-_-a_1.pdf

LOCH LOMOND : index.asp?pageid=715804

HOW TO USE A THROW BAG : https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2017/june/be-someones-lifeline-know-how-to-use-a-throw-bag

The RLSS / ROYAL LIFESAVING SOCIETY  is very relevant to inland waters : https://www.rlss.org.uk/Pages/Category/water-safety-information

The RNLI / ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION have some very notable information more for open waters and the sea : https://rnli.org/

WATER SAFETY SCOTLAND : https://www.watersafetyscotland.org.uk/

WATER SAFETY SCOTLAND'S Drowning Prevention Strategy :   https://watersafetyscotland.org.uk/media/1213/scotlands-drowning-prevention-strategy.pdf

WILLIAM MCLEOD , Saw Miller 1805 -1894

Author : Rod Richard.

William McLeod was a saw miller whose yard developed into the larger shipbuilding premises taken over by the Dennys. It is still referred to as Woodyard. 


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