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Personal Papers of Jean Lindsay, 1910 - 2000

 Fonds — Container: GCPP Lindsay
Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Lindsay

Scope and Contents

The papers comprise chiefly written work, both published and unpublished. There are also some personal and biographical items, including photographs, and some 'Girtoniana' (miscellaneous papers relating to Girton people, events and history).


  • 1910 - 2000


Biographical / Historical

Jean Lindsay was born in India, the only child of Major-General James Douglas McLachlan and Guendolin Mab White. She was educated at schools in Edinburgh and abroad and at Queen's College, Harley Street. She read History at Girton 1929-32, obtaining a distinction in Part II of the Tripos. She undertook historical research in Cambridge, London and Spain as a Cairnes Student from 1932 to 1936, leading to her PhD in 1936, and she was awarded the University Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal in 1938. After distinguished war service in the Ministry of Information and in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry [FANY, renamed FANY (The Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps) in 1999] 1939-45, she came back to Girton as Lecturer in Modern History and Fellow, later also a University Lecturer. She married Humphrey David Richard Pelham Lindsay in 1947. In 1960, she moved to Edinburgh, where she was Headmistress of St George's School until her retirement in 1976. Jean Lindsay published widely, particularly on the history of Anglo-Spanish relations.


6 archive box(es) (6 boxes) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jean Lindsay's daughter in February 2008, with the exception of GCPP Lindsay 3/10.


Lindsay, Jean Olivia, 1910-1996, nee McLachlan, historian and educationalist

Finding aid date

2003-03-27 15:16:58+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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