A Glasgow perspective: three times a lady

A trio of trios for you today. In the first set we are back at Partick Burgh Hall, the roof of which featured in my first SquarePerspectives post. On the face of the building are these three lovely ladies representing Justice, Mercy and Truth.

Several libraries in Glasgow have female figures with books and children on their roofs. These three are at Maryhill, Woodlands and Govanhill.

The last trio is just outside Glasgow, spotted after the distance we could go to exercise was relaxed a bit. We discovered Jessie by accident when walking a trail near Lennoxtown. Later investigation showed that this was one of three sculptures by Jaqueline Donachie commemorating women in health and medicine who have associations with East Dunbartonshire – through education, working life or residence. We decided to seek out the other two: Elsie in Westerton and Irene in Kirkintilloch. The names don’t refer to any specific individual but represent first names that appeared frequently in Jacqueline’s research, and are a nod to just how many uncommemorated women there are. Obviously my inner women’s history nerd was very excited by this!

I’m linking to Becky’s SquarePerspectives challenge with occasional posts on the new perspectives on Glasgow that our lockdown walks have given us. We have been looking at everything in so much more detail and are often amazed at what we spot!

Today’s title is from the Commodores’ 1978 hit. Don’t be alarmed, there’s no sound till the singing starts. Take it away, Lionel!

59 thoughts on “A Glasgow perspective: three times a lady

  1. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) July 22, 2020 / 21:33

    The museum I work at (built 1904) has a roundel on the side depicting a woman reading, I guess because we’re attached to a library, though it’s not as good as Justice, Mercy, and Truth. If I were a Jessie, I’d definitely want a photo next to that sculpture, but I am most decidedly a Jessica, and I don’t want to encourage anyone to start calling me Jessie by posing with it. Only my grandparents were allowed to do that!


  2. Birgit July 20, 2020 / 23:13

    Why are women often shown bare-breasted..That one lady up top seemed to have gone to great difficulty dressing herself except for the top half…hahahaaa. Maybe it represents mother..Freud would have a field day. I often wonder why Justice is shown blind, not here, but in many cases…it’s true but just wondering


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter July 21, 2020 / 07:44

      Yes, it’s very typical isn’t it, women are often portrayed as ideal bodies rather than real people. I think blind justice is meant to imply impartially.


  3. Helen Bushe July 19, 2020 / 19:45

    Pure dead brilliant post! I lived in Patrick for first 5 years of my life.


  4. susan@onesmallwalk July 18, 2020 / 21:26

    Anabel – I love the way you tie in these song references with your posts. It’s a running loop of teme music in my head while I read. Perfect! Cheers – Susan


  5. Liesbet @ Roaming About July 18, 2020 / 15:56

    This was the perfect Anabel-post! All things women. I love how you tie this challenge in with songs as well. Have a great weekend!


  6. Joanne Sisco July 18, 2020 / 11:36

    Thanks to bloggers like you I’ve learned so much about the unrecognized role of women in history. Quite frankly, I find these statues of just first names to represent many women rather emotional.


  7. Elaine - I used to be indecisive July 17, 2020 / 21:44

    Well, you wouldn’t think I grew up around Glasgow judging by how much I learn from your posts! My favourite sculpture is the lady with the books and children. Irene is in an area I know well (or used to) and I would probably have cycled past her site quite regularly back in the day on my way to visit a friend.
    When I was growing up, quite often people would be confused with my name and Aileen, Eileen and Irene. I can’t see the confusion myself as they are clearly all quite different names! 😀


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter July 17, 2020 / 22:01

      He he, if you’re like me you probably didn’t notice much about your surroundings growing up. Too many other things to be interested in! I can’t see the confusion either in the four names. I have friends with each name and I think they just don’t get given any more. I like the good, solid traditional names. Too many today sound made up.


      • Elaine - I used to be indecisive July 18, 2020 / 14:03

        I know I wasn’t at all interested in my wider surroundings when I was growing up. My parents would take us off to admire the hills, lochs and views and I had no interest! I’d much rather be reading my book than admiring the view. Now, of course, I love admiring views! 😀 I mainly like traditional names too – I imagine in years to come, though, the fanciful names that are around now will have become normal. 😦

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  8. maristravels July 17, 2020 / 21:19

    Another interesting take on a Glasgow I don’t know. My only knowledge of Maryhill is what I’ve gleaned from the old Taggart series many years ago when it seemed the Maryhill Police Station was mentioned at least twice in every episode.


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter July 17, 2020 / 21:55

      Indeed! Except it was never the actual Maryhill Police Station, a number of other buildings having played it over the years. Just about everywhere in Glasgow has been a Taggart location – as just about every Scottish actor has had a part in it at some point.


  9. Margaret July 17, 2020 / 15:46

    Aw Annabel, one of my favourite songs thank you. Thanks also for sharing such an interesting post. My late mother’s uncle Francis lived In Maryhill when he worked as a conductor on the trams during his short stay in Glasgow many years ago.
    Hope you are keeping well , all ok here in Lancashire so far. 🙂


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter July 17, 2020 / 17:20

      Thanks Margaret, we’re fine here too! That’s interesting that you have family connections wit’s Maryhill, I volunteer as a heritage tour guide there sometimes and I find it very interesting.

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      • Margaret July 17, 2020 / 20:10

        Mum’s uncle . Mum’s uncle lAndrew lived in Parkhead when first married and moved to Strone road, Cranhill. After he and his wife died mum’s cousins moved to Don St., Riddrie. Mum and I visited Cranhill once when her uncle and aunt were alive and we visited Riddrie twice. I once attended Glasgow Caledonian University and what I saw of Glasgow I was fond of, particularly it’s people.


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