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From abandoned baby to Damehood

Jackie Macadam learns about the life of author and charity worker Katharine Liston.

A pitiful wail pierces the dreich early morning of a Glasgow street. A baby’s hand clutches the wool blanket that keeps the worst of the November cold from the tiny body.

It was an inauspicious start for a young life, but one that certainly hasn’t held the very extraordinary Katharine Liston back.

We’re having lunch in her club overlooking the gallery of modern art in Glasgow city centre.

Katharine is a member of Helensburgh Church. She’s been an elder for 40 years.

She worships there every Sunday and is as involved as she can be. Even though she’s in her eighties, she’s still very active, particularly in her charity work, for the Ross Priory and the John Liston Scottish Charitable Trust which was set up to work towards preventing poverty, advancing education, advancing religion and encouraging health. The Trust makes regular grants, donations and gifts to organisations that work in these fields, particularly in work with children and young people, animal welfare, people with disabilities or health problems and older people.

It’s a far cry from that abandoned newborn on the steps of Rottenrow Maternity Hospital in 1930 and a voyage of many years, all filled with irrepressible humour and energy.

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