Cicely Douglas

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Cicely Elizabeth de Bunsen was born in Scotland in 1802, daughter of Berta Mary Lowry-Corry (1867 - 1954) and Sir Maurice Ernest de Bunsen (1852 - 1932). Cicely had three sisters: Rosalind Margaret, Hilda Violet Helena and Mary Bertha.

She went to Heathfield, an independent girls day school in Pinner, near Harrow. She was confirmed by the Bishop of Oxford in 1916. Cicely married Archibald Vivian Campbell Douglas in 1927, in St George's, Hanover Square, London.

They lived in Mains House, on the Mains Estate in Milngavie - the Campbell Douglas home. He was the last heir and 21st Laird of Mains. The couple had two daughters: Catherine who married into the titles Erskine family, and Margaret.

After Sir Archibald (Archie) died in 1877, the estate was sold for the construction on site of the new Douglas Academy. Mains House was demolished along with several cottages, including the glass and ice houses. Lady Cecily and her husband moved to 'Laraich', on the banks of Loch Ard when the house was sold, taking with them the large armorial from the external wall.

Mrs Cecily Douglas was the Girl Guide County Commissioner for Glasgow between 1943 and 1953. She encouraged brownies and guides to picnic and camp in the grounds of Mains house.

In 1948, she was appointed to the Imperial Executive Commission, in London ad held the I.H.G.(?) post of Assistant International Commissioner from 1945 to 1947. In 1950, she received the Silver Fish(1), awarded for outstanding services to Guides. She was also Vice President of Dunbartonshire.

Notes:
1.  The highest award for service to the Guide movement
2.  What is the I.H.G?


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