Constance Evelyn Smith was born
in Leamington Spa on 27 December 1885, the eldest of three daughters to
Henry Barlett Smith and his wife Eleanor. She attended Leamington High School,
where she rose to become head of school, and gained her first-class degree in
English from Royal Holloway College. In 1909 Evelyn went to teach English at
Glasgow High School but ill health forced her resignation in 1923. She died on
23 March 1928.