A memorial to a Kirkintilloch philanthropist and hospital founder will be restored.
Beatrice Clugston (1827-1888) established a number of facilities caring for people, many of whom had incurable illnesses, which are considered a precursor to modern hospices.
One such was Broomhill House, which opened in 1876.
Following her death and internment at Auld AIsle Cemetery in Kirkintilloch, a memorial was built to commemorate her works but this has since lapsed into poor condition, including the theft of a brass plaque.
No surviving relatives, who would normally be responsible for the monument’s care, have been found so instead East Dunbartonshire Council is to spend the £16,000 needed to refurbish the memorial and replace the missing plaque.
The project was approved during the most recent full council meeting which took place on Thursday, November 4.
Joint council leader Andrew Polson said: “This restoration project is a fitting way to recognise the life of Beatrice Clugston and honour the work she undertook to improve the lives of the sick and incurable patients in the 19th century.
“We are the custodians for future generations and it is our responsibility to keep the memorial in a good order so they can learn of Beatrice’s deeds.”
Joint council leader Vaughan Moody added: “The memorial is of historical importance to the area and the council is delighted to restore the memorial and replace the stolen plaque.
“Beatrice Clugston made a significant charitable contribution during her life and I look forward to seeing the finished work when her memorial is restored to its former glory.”
By local democracy reporter Neil McGrory