Agnes Annabel Kidston


Annabel Kidston (1896-1981) was born in Helensburgh. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art, under Greiffenhagen and Forrester Wilson and at the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks and Wilson Steer. She became a wood engraver, etcher and painter.

She moved to St Andrews and became the first president of the Art Committee of that town. She was also a founder member of the St Andrews Preservation Trust.

She lived at 21 Market Street, St Andrews, close to the site of the court which was named after her.

She died in 1981 in North Berwick.

Jo Grimond recalled her thus:
"Miss Kidston was a leader of intellectual life and a battler for the preservation of old buildings in St Andrews. She was one of those energetic, public-spirited, middle-aged ladies upon whom British civilisation so much depends. Without much money or any official position she undertook all sorts of good works."

Jo Grimond's St Andrews, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, 1992
page 65
St Andrews Through Time by Helen Cook