Lifetime of Guiding Isobel J.B. Mackay

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A prominent member of the Guiding community has passed away following almost 70 years of devoted service.

Miss Isobel J.B. Mackay was born in Barry in 1928. Guiding was a very large part of her life and her contribution was considerable. She was also a treasured member of Panmure Golf Club where her wake will be held on Tuesday, March 17.

Isobel’s Guiding life began as a Brownie in Barry and then onto the 2nd Guide Company at the High School of Dundee. After leaving school she joined the Carnoustie Brownie Pack as a pack leader.

Isobel went on to hold many guiding posts including Brownie and Guide guider, cadet leader at local and county level, district and division commissioner, camp adviser, international adviser, county archivist and vice president of Girlguiding Angus.

The outdoors and camping was a particular love where she was able to share her wealth of knowledge in camping and backwoodsman skills with not only guides but leaders from Angus. She was also a Girlguiding Scotland Camp Trainer for almost 40 years, a remarkable achievement.

The international aspect of guiding was very important to her and she enjoyed working with the girls and guiders helping them to prepare and to take advantage of any available opportunity to travel abroad.

She took part in a Girlguiding Scotland trip to Denmark and loved giving hospitality to overseas visitors. Her home was an open door to them. Isobel worked hard as part of the teams who hosted the Ben-Y-Gloe Camps which were held at Blair Atholl in 1985 and 1995.

The love of Isobel’s life in later years was the Girlguiding Angus County Camp site at Ladenford. Here, she was an active and valued member of the Ladenford Den Committee from the initial planning stage through the building phase to its 40th anniversary and beyond.

Isobel was awarded a Laurel Award, one of Girlguiding’s top awards, in 1973 in recognition of her outstanding service to guiding.

She was also delighted to receive a long service award at the Scottish Annual Review in Dundee in 2013 from the chief Guide, Gill Slocombe.

Hundreds of girls and leaders in Girlguiding Angus and beyond, past and present, have much to celebrate from her dedication, love and loyalty. Miss Mackay will be greatly missed by all in the Guiding community.