Mary Thomson

Biography of Mary Thomson

Mary Thomson was born in Glasgow on 26th May 1884, daughter to James Thomson, a draper. She attended Kent Road Public School and trained as a Pupil Teacher there between 1902-1904, achieving a 1st class in her Pupil Teacher’s Institute Exams a year later. She continued her teacher training at the Glasgow Church of Scotland Teacher’s Training College qualifying as a teacher in drawing, singing, needlework and German in 1906. As part of her course she enrolled in a Latin and Logic course at the University of Glasgow (1905-1906).

After qualifying as a teacher she returned to Glasgow University in 1906 and graduated with a 1st class MA in French and German Literature and Language studies in 1911. As the first in Order of Merit in the examination in French Language and Literature, she was awarded the Mackinnon Scholarship in Modern Languages. She also taught French at continuation classes, 1907-1908 and the Tutorial Institute 1909-1910 and was an assistant mistress in modern languages at the Glasgow High School for Girls between 1910 and 1918. She spent six months studying in Wernigerode, Germany in 1907, in Bordeaux and Pyrenees in 1909, Paris 1910 and St Malo in 1911.

In July 1914 she went to classes at Greifswald University, Germany, but had to return to Glasgow following the outbreak of war. She carried out voluntary war work between 1915 and 1917, acting as a Nursing Auxiliary in Queen Mary’s, the Intelligence Corps – British Expeditionary Force (BEF), then did official war work as a household administrator at Aldershot for the Women's Auxillary Army Corps (WAAC) from 1918-1919.

She was temporary Head Teacher of Modern Languages at Pitlochry Higher Grade School in April and June 1920, and then taught at Glasgow High School. In 1921, she married Major Francis C H Mackenzie, Agent of the Union Bank of Scotland, Morningside, Edinburgh. She returned to teaching in 1941 and retired in 1949. She died suddenly in March 1966.


Mary Thomson
Regiment: Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps - Intelligence Corps - B E F
Degree: MA
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