John Christie (headmaster)

John Traill Christie (18 October 1899 8 September 1980) was headmaster of Repton School (193237) and Westminster School (193750), before becoming Principal of Jesus College, Oxford (194967).[1]

Christie married Lucie Catherine, only daughter of Thomas Philip Le Fanu; they had two daughters.[2] The elder was Catherine (born 1935); the younger, Jane (born 1936) married Henry Galton Darwin.

Author Roald Dahl attended Repton from 1929, where, according to Boy: Tales of Childhood,[3] a friend named Michael was viciously caned by headmaster Geoffrey Fisher, who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury. However, according to Dahl's biographer Jeremy Treglown,[4] the caning took place in May 1933, a year after Fisher had left Repton and the headmaster concerned was in fact J. T. Christie.


  1. Norrington, A. L. P. "Christie, John Traill (1899–1980)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition) (subscription access). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2007-08-14.
  3. Sturrock, Donald (8 August 2010). "Roald Dahl's schooldays". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  4. Jeremy Treglown, Roald Dahl: A Biography (1994) , Faber and Faber, page 21. Treglown's source note is as follows: "Several people who were at the top of Priory House at the time have discussed it with me, particularly B.L.L. Reuss and John Bradburn."

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