Brenda Moon (1931 – 2011), the first woman chief librarian of a major research university (Edinburgh), worshipped at Augustine for 30 years. George Square Library, where she was based, is situated on the south side of the square. It was designed b Sir Basil Spence, who also designed the new Coventry Cathedral after World War 2, and the famous high-rise flats in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.
The letter writer Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Thomas Carlyle, is remembered with a plaque at 23 George Square.
When the original George Square was redeveloped in the 1960s, what had been George Watson’s Ladies College on the north side was retained. (Initially Nos. 4 to 7; expanded in the 1920s to absorb Nos. 8 to 10.)
In 2002, a memorial sculpture in the gardens named “The Dreamer” was erected to the memory of Dr (Margaret) Winifred Rushforth OBE (1885 – 1983). Winifred was a Scottish medical practitioner and Christian missionary in India. Influenced by Hugh Crichton-Miller and his friend C.G. Jung, she became the founder of a family clinic in Scotland, a therapist, Dream Group facilitator and writer. The sculpture, by Christopher Hall, was dedicated by Prince Charles.
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