Lucy Margaret Kinloch was born in Edinburgh on 4th August 1899, the daughter of an advocate.  The family spent some time in County Down in Ireland while Lucy was growing up.  Between September 1915 and July 1918 she was a pupil at Harrogate Ladies’ College, where she became a house prefect, was on the committee of the Debating Society and gained her Higher Certificate in various subjects, with Honours in English.  She served in the WRNS towards the end of WW1 until June 1919  and rejoined during WW2.
She published only one book, A World Within a School (1937).  In it she drew heavily on her own schooldays at Harrogate, and her Irish and Edinburgh background.