Elected: 1983
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Marchioness June Beatrice Mary Gordon CBE DL FRSE
Throughout her long life, June Boissier, the Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, remained quintessentially the effective and hugely enthusiastic music teacher which she had once been, at the Bromley High School for Girls in the three years before the Second World War. As Marchioness she became chatelaine of the beautiful house of Haddo, near Ellon in Aberdeenshire, which since 1974 has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. She was musical director of the Haddo House Choral Society, now the Choral and Operatic Society, for 60 years. “What she is like as a Marchioness, I do not know,” the late violinist Yfrah Neaman told me on a Parliamentary visit to the Guildhall School of Music. “What I do know is that at Bromley and subsequently she has been an inspirational leader and teacher of music.”

In the north-east of Scotland, June Aberdeen was much loved across the social and political spectrum. She was born the daughter of Arthur Paul Boissier, then an assistant master and teacher of mathematics at the Royal Naval College at Osborne. In infancy she hardly saw her father, who was in naval service throughout the First World War. He became a Master at Harrow in 1919 and subsequently served as headmaster from January 1940 until late 1942, when he became head of public relations at the Ministry of Fuel and Power.

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