GLASGOW Red Cross worker Bessie Johnston has a special place in the hearts of Evening Times Readers.

She was the newspaper’s very first Scotswoman of the Year back in 1963.

Bessie joins Glaswegian architect Alexander Greek Thomson as the final two contenders for the title of Greatest Glaswegian.

Over the summer we have revealed the names of 100 men and women who have put the city on the map through sport, science, politics, the arts and more. Most were born here, some moved here to work or study and have since made the city their own, opening the eyes of others around the world to its strengths and successes; and others have made such an impact on Glasgow that, despite having been born elsewhere, they are inextricably linked with the city, its people, culture and ideals.

Bessie Johnston worked tirelessly for the Glasgow branch of the British Red Cross for more than 50 years. She was a great supporter of many other charities and became a leading authority on civil defence. She received an MBE in 1953. Bessie was also a member of the board of management at Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital and the Glasgow Western Hospitals Group and worked for the British Empire Cancer Campaign and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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Though born in Stirlingshire, eminent architect Alexander Greek Thomson moved to Glasgow at the age of seven, and he has become inextricably linked with the city. His works include the Caledonia Road Free Church, St Vincent Street Church and the villa Holmwood House.

Thomson was among the first architects to look at ‘sustainable’ housing, redeveloping slums and creating space for people to live and breathe. He died in 1875 and is buried in the Southern Necropolis in the Gorbals.

Now that all 100 contenders have been announced, we will be opening our list up to a public vote.

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