1970 – 1979

Former MP for North Lanark, Margaret, from Shotts, fought fiercely for women’s place in politics and championed social reforms.  She graduated from the University of Glasgow and rose quickly through the ranks of politics, becoming Britain’s first Minister for Social Security and the first woman to be appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Bridie, from Dennistoun in Glasgow, was the driving force behind the renowned St Mungo’s Old Folks Club in the city’s Townhead area.  St Mungo’s started as a lunch club and, under Bridie’s direction and enthusiasm, grew into a day centre offering varied and valuable services and help to the elderly. She was a member of the executive committee of the Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association and part of the Scottish Council of Social Service in Edinburgh.

Through her work at Edinburgh’s Saughton Prison, Margaret won the respect and admiration of male inmates, supporting them through their own difficult times.  Described as an inspiration by many of the men she helped, Margaret took on a number of roles at the prison, from organist, choir mistress and concert organiser to head of the popular bible class and drama group.

As vice president of the Scottish Country Dance Society, Glasgow-born Jean spearheaded a revival of interest in the genre, inspiring people all over the world.  Her enthusiasm in researching old dances, teaching and writing about dance – she published 25 books on the subject – was infectious and the society’s annual summer school, held in St Andrews under Jean’s direction, was famous. She worked tirelessly as an ambassador for Scotland and Scottish dancing for many years.

A keen church worker – and the first woman to be appointed to the congregational board of Orchardhill Church – Edith ran free dancing lessons for children, transporting them from the gloomy back-courts of 1930s Gorbals to a magical world of music and fun. Edith, who was from Giffnock, did not let her own health problems – she was partially sighted – stand in her way and she worked tirelessly to improve the lives of elderly people and children with disabilities.

Mary devoted her life to helping poor and vulnerable people in southern India. As a member of the Salvation Army, she left her home in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, to run a leper hospital, working amongst poverty and drought in an area which had the highest rate of the disease in the world.

Church of Scotland deaconess Alice swapped life in Perthshire for the tenements of Glasgow’s Gallowgate in the war-torn years of 1939 to 1945.  Known affectionately in the city’s east end as Sister Alice, she became the church’s youth organiser for the west of Scotland after the war. One of her first tasks was to try to bring together the young people of countries which had been at war and in 1953 she organised her first German-Scottish holiday exchange for children.

Actress, author and broadcaster Molly, from Springburn, had a special place in the hearts of many Glaswegians thanks to her down-to-earth personality and couthy humour.  Molly was a household name in Scotland thanks to long-running radio and TV shows like Dr Finlay’s Casebook, All Creatures Great And Small and Within These Walls.

Agnes lived for music and loved to share her passion with others. She founded the Glasgow Youth Choir, regarded as “the pride of Strathclyde”, in 1938, and travelled with it all over Europe.

For more than 30 years, Janet, from Clydebank, worked tirelessly on behalf of the disabled. She was the first secretary of the Voluntary Association for Handicapped Persons in Clydebank and opened the town’s first hostel for disabled children.

When Claire Mullholland’s daughter Clara was diagnosed with leukaemia, she became a dedicated supporter of the Leukaemia Research Fund.  Following Clara’s death, Claire, from the west end,  founded the Glasgow branch of the Scottish Leukaemia Research fund. She dedicated her time to raising thousands of pounds and offering vital support to parents of ill children