The Ron Douglas Memorial Bursary
Ron Douglas was the founding President of the Clan Douglas Association, the formation of which had long been his dream. He was in the office of President from 1886 until his resignation in 2000.
Ronald Douglas was born September 9,1932 in Queensland, Australia and throughout his life expressed a strong interest in Scottish culture and participated actively on many committees in executive positions. Ron received an Australian Honour, the O.A.M. (Order of Australia Medal) for services to the community in which he lived. He was an Armiger which meant that he had been granted his own personal Coat-of-Arms with a shield, crest and motto --"Onward brave heart" by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland. This gave him the right to wear an eagle feather in his bonnet and carry his banner. Under Scottish Law, this is heritable property and the right to those arms descended to his eldest son and heir. He was a member of the Company of Armigers, Australian Chapter Inc, and had previously served as Armiger Provincial for Queensland. Ron was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, FSA Scot.
As well as the Past President of CDAA, Ron was Chieftain and former President of the Toowoomba Caledonian Society, Past President and founding member of the Scottish Clans Congress of Queensland, member of the Australian Scottish Heritage Council and Companion of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - the Knights Templar. This is an ancient Ecumenical which serves mankind.
He was awarded the medal and title of Duinne Urramach "Honoured Gentleman" D.Urr - by the Celtic Council of Australia, at the time one of only twelve ever granted in Queensland. Ron was accredited with the founding of the Darling Downs Branch of the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (QLD) and was the Vice-President, Life member, member of the Board of Governors and Director of the Society of St. Andrew (QLD) Inc. He was a published author and historian and wrote, "The Braw Manawdge" meaning "The Fair Society".
After Ron's passing in 2003 the CDAA voted to create an annual bursary in his memory to be awarded to the Scots PGC Warwick student who has shown the most proficiency in a manual trade subject.
The first bursary was awarded in 2004 to Jack Glasser who completed a school based apprenticeship in Engineering and Fabrication.
The bursary is a cash prize with which the student may purchase tools necessary for his or her trade.