Margaret Mary Risk

Since we came to Bridge of Allan, over 20 years ago now, I have tended my grandparents graves in Logie churchyard. I always stop by this beautiful statue of an angel.

The angel ‘remembers’ Margaret Mary Risk who died on the surgical table on the 29th December 1923. Margaret Mary was just 29 years old. Her father was a wealthy man, regarded as gentle and quiet. In his life he gave away much of his wealth to those in need and for science and artistic causes. He gave £20000 for a ward in Stirling Royal Infirmary and called it the ‘Risk ward’ after his daughter Margaret Mary.

My mother has the very same christian names. My mum is an angel too [any scientist who says otherwise does not understand language.]

Music credit: ‘Ghosteen’ by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Borrowed Words: from the ‘The Peppermint Tea Chronicles’ by Alexander McCall Smith; and from ‘The Gate of Angels’ by Penelope Fitzgerald.

The opening voice is mine. The only other voice is that of the sculptor Antony Gormley [from the BBC Radio 4 Series – Only Artists – where he chatted with Roddy Doyle]