Margaret Ferguson Gartshore OBE

Biography of Margaret Ferguson Gartshore OBE

Margaret Ferguson Gartshore graduated MA from the University in 1919, fours years after her sister, Janet Kennedy.

She was born at Brownsville, Jamaica, daughter of Reverend John Ferguson Gartshore, a United Free Church of Scotland missionary.

Gartshore enrolled at the University in 1914, taking courses over five years in History, English, Logic, Scottish History, Geography, Political Economy and French, the latter to honours level.

On her return to Jamaica, Gartshore became the second Headmistress (after her sister) of the St Andrew High School for Girls. According to the School's history, Miss Gartshore "diminutive in stature was a giant and memorable leader. Standing on a footstool she trained and conducted the school choir, establishing the tradition of the School’s participation and excelling in National Performing Arts Festivals competitions."

She served the school for 31 years and in 1957 was awarded an OBE for her services.

Gartshore died on 2 June 1980 at Cheadle Hulme, England.


Margaret Ferguson Gartshore OBE
Born 21 September 1894.
Died 2 June 1980.
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1919; Arts,
Occupation categories: educators
Record last updated: 1st Aug 2013

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