(1883-1970), landowner and benefactor, was born in the city of
Buenos Aires on 24 March 1883. She was the first of three
children of Lucas Scully (1850-1907) and Catalina Culligan
(1861-1898), and lived out her life on the estancia 'La
Estrella' in Solís, a district in San Andrés de Giles in
Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. La Estrella was a vast rural
property in the borders of San Andrés de Giles, Exaltación de
la Cruz and San Antonio de Areco, and was founded by her
grandfather James [Santiago]
Scully (b.1814) around 1875. The imposing main house of the
estancia is still in an excellent state of repair, with a
windowed viewing balcony on the upper floor. In some areas of
the huge park on which the house stands, there are vestiges of
the moat that surrounded the residence to protect it from
attacks by indigenous people. When Brígida Scully's was in her
formative years, the British teacher Lola Josefina Pyne was
living at La Estrella and probably taught her the basic
was a well-known promoter of religious and charitable works. She
was a member of the Ladies’ Commission of the San Andrés de
Giles Hospital, founded in 1905, for a number of decades. The
commission was responsible for the maintenance costs of the
hospital, organising parties, dances and other social events to
Irish-Argentine estanciera was active in the religious
and charitable events which took place in the parish church of
San Andrés de Giles, to which she made important donations.
Scully also provided funds for the maintenance of the old folks’
home San Andrés in that city.
her father Lucas and her sister Isabel (d.1945) Brígida Scully
was one of the co-founders of the Chapel of our Lady of Rosario
in Azcuénaga town, consecrated in 1907, a project undertaken by
the Irish-Argentine community. Brígida and Isabel went
frequently to Solís, another town in San Andrés de Giles, to
teach the Roman Catholic catechism. Every December 8th, they
received the children at La Estrella to receive their first
communion, and donated clothes and rosaries among the poor.
In San Antonio
de Areco, Scully was involved in the management of the 'María
Clara Morgan' Hospital run by the Sisters of San Camilo, to
whose congregation she left her house and some 850 hectares of
land when she died on her estancia La Estrella on 10
January 1970. She died unmarried. Her remains repose in the
family vault at the Capilla del Señor cemetery.
Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en
su actuación y descendencia
(Buenos Aires, 1987), p. 822.
Libertad newspaper of San Andrés de Giles (25 January
Héctor R., Viejas estancias (unpublished manuscript).