5 January 2012

The real Scottish St Trinian's

Ronald Searle was both a brilliant cartoonist and very brave man.

Without his satirical cartoons there would have been no Scarfe or Steve Bell. But he is probably better known for creating the St Trinian's series of quintissental English havoc reeking private school girls.

However, St Trinian's is Scottish. In 1922, in Edinburgh, Miss C Fraser Lee opened St Trinnean's school at 10 Palmerston Road - just round the corner from James Gillespie's High School for Girls. An institution otherwise known as Muriel Spark's Marsha Blaine's School for Girls.

It is now a listed building - partly because of the Searle connection. Several moves later - including a flit to the border town of Galashiels the school closed on the death of Miss Fraser in 1946.

Wikipedia has more here...

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