A MEMORIAL to an 'unsung hero' has been unveiled in Kirkintilloch. 

The plaque to charity worker and philanthropist Beatrice Clugston was revealed by the Soroptimist of Kirkintilloch and District at the Beatrice Meadows development after the group received £500 of funding for the memorial from Cala Homes (West)

A tree was also planted to commemorate Miss Clugston at the development which was named after the founder of Glasgow Dorcas Society and sits on the site of the former Broomhill Hospital, which is just one of the causes she dedicated her philanthropic efforts to in the 1800s.

Glasgow Times:

Margaret Tomlinson of the Soroptimists of Kirkintilloch and District said: "For some time Kirkintilloch Soroptimists have campaigned for recognition of local humanitarian Beatrice Clugston.

"Beatrice fought throughout her life to improve care and conditions for the sick and dying.

"We were delighted when Cala Homes chose the name Beatrice Meadows for the housing developments in the grounds of Broomhill Hospital, one of Beatrice’s great achievements.

"We are very grateful to Cala Homes and Archibald Young Ltd. for facilitating the presentation of this tree and plaque to commemorate a remarkable unsung hero, Beatrice Clugston."

Glasgow Times:

Jim Clinton, site manager at Beatrice Meadows for Cala Homes (West), said: "We’re delighted to help a local group that is part of such an important international movement advocating for human rights and gender equality – particularly with honouring such an important local, historical figure.

"When deciding on the final name for the development, Beatrice Clugston’s story really stood out, especially with it being built on the grounds of the former Broomhill Hospital – a cause she tirelessly fundraised on behalf of – it seemed only fitting that we help the Soroptimists to honour her memory.

"We’re proud to have a tree planted in Miss Clugston’s honour, as well as the memorial plaque, at Beatrice Meadows and we are delighted to welcome the Soroptimists to our site to officially mark the unveiling."

The Soroptimists – a branch of the international movement which seeks to transform the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities – have also campaigned for the restoration of Miss Clugston’s original memorial gravestone in the Auld Aisle Cemetery.