Janet Kennedy Robertson Jamaica South Africa

Biography of Janet Kennedy Robertson

Janet Kennedy Robertson (nee Gartshore) graduated MA from the University in 1915, followed by her sister, Margaret Ferguson in 1919.

She was born at Brownsville, Jamaica, daughter of Reverend John Gartshore, a missionary of the United Free Church of Scotland, who was at that time the Minister of Brownsville and Carlisle Memorial, Flint River.

Gartshore enrolled at the University in 1911, taking courses in Geography, English, Logic, French and German, the latter two subjects to honours level.

Returning to Jamaica, 'Jenny Gartshore' became the first headmistress of the Jamaica St Andrew High School for Girls, coming up with the school's motto “Life More Abundant”.

She only served one term at the school before getting married on 15 February 1926, to John Braithwaite Robertson at Pollock United Free Church in Pollokshaws, Glasgow. He was a University Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where they then resided.


Archival Materials

  • College Courant, No39, 1967, p.42
  • R12/03/0571 Married Females Students


Janet Kennedy Robertson
Born 12 March 1892.
Died 28 May 1967.
GU Degree: MA, 1915; Arts,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow, 1915
Record last updated: 1st Aug 2013

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Jamaica Jamaica, Hanover
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South Africa South Africa, Johannesburg
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