Jean was educated at Glasgow High School for Girls. She was very influenced by Miss Hunter, her teacher of gymnastics, one of Madame’s former students.
Mary Tait conducted Jean’s college interview at the North British Hotel in Edinburgh, so she did not have to travel to Kent.
Jean worked as a VAD during WW1 in Malta and then, when she returned home, she went to Jordanhill College as the Principal P.T. Instructor.
Jean is best known as a founder member, in 1923, of the Scottish Country Dancing Society. In 1948 she gave up her job at Jordanhill to concentrate on her work for the Society. She travelled extensively promoting Scottish Country dancing. Her particular interest was preparing teachers for the Society’s Teacher’s Certificate. She compiled many books of dances. In 1977 the University of Aberdeen awarded her an LLD.