Alice Margaret Joan Gammell

Alice Margaret Joan Gammell

Alice Margaret Joan Gammell (known in her married life as Joanna), was born on 24 November
1913 at Countesswells House, Bieldside, Aberdeenshire.  She was the ninth and youngest child
of Sir Sydney Gammell and Alice Stobart and was born when her mother was forty-eight.

We know little about her childhood, but since her brothers were either at boarding school
or had left home and her elder sisters, Barbara and Finella were already 19 and 13 when she
was born, she must have learned to be quite self-reliant when growing up. She was educated
at Badminton House School, Bristol, where her sister Finella was a teacher. 

In her early 20s, she met Eric Ivory at the Aboyne Ball, but it was not until 1938 that she and
Eric became engaged and on 4 June 1938, they were married at St Andrew’s Cathedral,

After they were married, Joanna and Eric lived in Edinburgh, where Eric was the senior Partner
in Ivory and Sime, and at Brewlands, their estate in Glen Isla.  They had four children, James
​Ivory, born on Christmas day 1942, Ian Eric Ivory, born on 8 April 1944, Bridget Joanna Ivory
born on 5 July 1946, and Brian Gammell Ivory, born on 10 April 1949.

Joanna and Eric were generous in their support for
numerous charitable causes, though their help was
often given quietly “behind the scenes”.  Together
they strongly supported the church and the
National Trust for Scotland as well as community
facilities in Glen Isla. Joanna, who had a gift for
organisation and the enthusiasm to attract and
inspire a dedicated band of helpers, was very
active in working to support the Georgian House
in Charlotte Square, Telephone Samaritans, and
earlier, the Thrift Shop, which she organised after
her children went to school.

Joanna died on 6 December 1984 and Eric on
​14 June 1988.

Joanna (front left), with her mother, Alice and
Barbara and Lionel Hill about 1933