Jean Hamilton was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. She married John Maud, later to become Lord Redcliffe-Maud, on 20 June 1932 in Oxford. On 1 July of that year, they sailed for South Africa and she kept a diary of her experiences in Africa that was later published in book form.
Jean Hamilton co-founded the University College Musical Society with her then fiancé, John Maud. The first concert organised by the society was held in a lecture room at 90 High Street, one of the college-owned houses, on 1 June 1930. Hamilton accompanied the tenor singer Steuart Wilson.
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, opus 34, is a 1946 musical composition by Benjamin Britten that in composer's words "is affectionately inscribed to the children of John and Jean Maud: Humphrey, Pamela, Caroline and Virginia, for their edification and entertainment."
She was the Master's wife at University College, Oxford from 1963 to 1976. She performed piano recitals and appeared in the Univ Revue there. She retired to live on the Woodstock Road in North Oxford with her husband and died on 6 November 1993.
- Redcliffe-Maud, Jean, From the Cape to Cairo 1932, 1989.
- Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College. Oxford University Press, 2008, pages 460, 473, 486, 501. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0.
- Redcliffe-Maud, John, Experiences of an Optimist: The Memoirs of John Redcliffe-Maud. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1981. ISBN 0-241-10569-2. (Dedicated to Jean Redcliffe-Maud.)
- Kalliopi Emmanuil and Isolda Crespi Rubio piano duo.
- Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College. Oxford University Press, 2008, page 460.
- Colleges, Halls, and Societies Archived 2004-12-27 at the Wayback Machine., Oxford University Gazette, Vol. 124, No. 4321, 17 March 1994.
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