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Perree, Jean Margery, nee Bainton, 1924-2018 (Cert. Social Study, Edinburgh University)



  • Existence: 1924 - 2018


Jean Margery Bainton was born the middle of three daughters to Gertrude née Siebert and Percy Bainton. Her education started at the local Sefton Park School and after winning a scholarship she attended Redmaids School in Bristol as a boarder. Redmaids must have meant a great deal to her as she went to “Old Girls” reunions right up to the final year of her life.

After Redmaids she won a Carnegie Scholarship to Edinburgh University to study Social Work. It was whilst at the University that she joined the Mountaineering Club and was one of its first female members. She notably made, along with others, the first winter ascent of the Steall waterfall climb, no mean feat even by today’s standards. In 1947 she clandestinely went to the Isle of Rhum (then privately owned with no public access). The group were ferried over to the island by a local fisherman. She was the only girl amongst seven men, one of whom she became engaged to but never married. She stayed on for a further year at the university to train as a youth leader before returning to Bristol to work for the YWCA.

In 1949 she met and married Frank Perree a divorcee with five children. Together they had three children Margery, Jeanette and Tim but the marriage did not last. She brought up her children single handedly whilst still working and furthering her education. She gained a Certificate of Education at Bristol University and finally became deputy head mistress at a large comprehensive school.

Taken from: [accessed 7 February 2020]

Jean gained her Certificate of Social Study in 1947.

Sources: Student admission file, EUA; Edinburgh University calendar.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

B42 Bainton, Jean Margery, 1945-1951

 File — Box SW 10
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S2/8/1/70
Scope and Contents File contains: Two enrolment forms, correspondence detailing bursary awarded by the National Association of Girls Clubs, correspondence with information about work at the Robertson's Preserve factory in Bristol, correspondence about conditions of jobs of housemaster and housemother at Kingswood Training and Classifying Schools in Bristol. Details of practical placements are located at the back of the file and include reports from: Scottish Association of Girls Clubs (SAGC) Clubs; K. Anne...
Dates: 1945-1951