ISABELLA ELDER STATUE

The statue of Isabella Elder, one of Glasgow's greatest benefactors, by MacFarlane Shannon was erected in 1906. The seated bronze statue on a granite base sits elegantly in its own garden facing the Elder's Shipyard, founded by husband John in 1852.
Apart from Queen Victoria's statue, erected more than half a century earlier, it was the first statue of a woman in the City.
Isabella was a remarkable figure considering she was brought up during the Victorian age, a time when a woman's brain was considered far too delicate to be troubled with strenuous thought.
She strived to overthrow the chauvinistic attitudes to women and on her husband's premature death in 1869, almost single-handedly ran his shipyard for a time.
Keen to give something back to Govan, she provided funds for many projects.
Isabella continued her husband's munificence in donating and endowing many gifts to the people of Glasgow and Govan.
She also gave 50,000 to build the Elder Cottage Hospital and the Training Houses for the Cottage Nurses, on the corner of Langlands Road and Drumoyne Road.
Elderpark Library in Elder Park was gifted as a memorial to her husband in 1885.
One of her greatest achievements was in establishing a medical education facility for women.
She bought North Park House in the west end (presently the BBC Scotland HQ), and in 1890 she established Queen Margaret College, which later joined with Glasgow University.

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