Mary Dowd is the mother of the main character Gemma Doyle. Born as Mary Dowd, she changed her name to Virginia Doyle in 1871 after the accident in the Spence academie. She killed herself in 1895 after being threatened by one of Sarah Rees-Toome´s (Circe´s) assasins. Afterwards, she and a litlle girl that got sacrifized by her in 1871 called Caroline helped Gemma to undestand the magic world.