Baroness Marion Douglas of Brigton






Marion Elizabeth Charlotte Macmillan Douuglas of Brigton, Feudal Baroness of Brigton, succeeded her grandfather as 6th of Brigton 1938 and was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms and matriculated arms at LO 21 May, 1941 and 1 March 1946; b 30 March, 1919; 

m 17 Nov 1945, Maj Ian Louis Egerton Macmillan, MBE, JP, CC, BA, late 2nd Bn The Gordon Highrs (who upon marriage assumed the name of DOUGLAS and d 12 July 1988), only s of late David Atkinson Macmillan, AM, Admin of Bihar and Orissa States, India


Mrs Macmillan Douglas, better known as Tina, was born in Maymyo, Burma, where her father was director of the Bombay Burma Timber Company.

She left Burma to attend Downham School in Kent and then studied in Paris where she learnt French and the history of art.

In 1938, she inherited the Brigton estate, by Forfar, from her grandfather, General William Douglas.

Brigton had been acquired by her family from the Glamis estate around 1740.

It became her home for most of her life and she looked after it with a great eye for preserving history.

In 1945, she married Lieutenant Colonel Ian Macmillan Douglas of the Gordon Highlanders.

When he was invalided out of the army soon afterwards, they threw themselves into work within the community.

Mrs Macmillan Douglas, who had worked as a nurse during the Second World War, supported the Red Cross while her husband became an Angus councillor and Justice of the Peace.

She took over from Lady Cayzer as president of the Angus Red Cross in the 1970s and continued to take a close interest in the charity after her retirement.

Even into her nineties she continued to act as an informal ambassador for the organisation.

She served as president of the Kinnettles Rural Institute for many years and was an early member of the Historic Houses Association.

A keen historian, she was an active member of St John’s Church in Forfar and the Angus Conservative Association.

In later life, she lost her sight to macular degeneration but bore this loss with great courage and was seldom heard to complain.

She is survived by her children Marion and Angus, her daughter-in-law Rosie and her grandchildren Alice and Iona.

Lineage-JAMES DOUGLAS, of Nether Kilmonth, parson of Glenbervie 1590-1635, had a charter of Glenbervie 1543, of Bothwell 1556, s of Sir Archibald Douglas, of Glenbervie


See also: Douglas of Brigton