Lady Dinah Elizabeth Pearce was on the School Board of Govan Parish from 1873, and was an esteemed member of the Govan community. She was one of the pioneers who established the “Fresh Air Fortnight Scheme”; a project which enabled hundreds of sickly children to be taken to recover at the coast or the country, away from the bleak hardships of the city.
Often described as a philanthropist, Lady Pearce was held in high regard by the people of Govan, with whom she developed a great affection for, and gained an intimate knowledge of. She was constantly involved in good causes, relentlessly striving to improve the living conditions of the most impoverished people in the community, aiming to alleviate distress and hardship. Lady Pearce was described as a “Good Angel”, and it was said of her that she possessed a “liberal heart and a readiness to help forward the best interests of the people and the district.”
As a result of her efforts, many homes were kept together during the dark and difficult days of the war.
Lady Pearce’s wartime efforts and contributions are often overshadowed historically by her husband, Sir William Pearce, Chairman of the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company, and of Govan’s first Member of Parliament. She gifted the Pearce Institute to the people of Govan in 1906 in his memory, and it still endures today.
(Mari Holmes. “Monument to Sir William Pearce” Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative. 2014. Available here. )
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