Jean Rowan was a pseudonym used by the author Jean Cantlie Stewart. She was a formidable character: in later life she drove her van, accompanied by her Springer spaniel, with such vigour that the pair were likened to Wallace and Gromit. She was born in Edinburgh, and was formidably intelligent. She always denied the charge that she was expelled from school for squirting a chamber maid with a water pistol, but however interrupted her education, she still managed to enter St Andrew’s University at the age of 16. After the war she married, but the marriage was brief, and to support herself and her son, she became a teacher, a lawyer and a writer.
Her books were a remarkably varied collection: as well as her pony story, she wrote The History and Practice of Law of Mines and Minerals, The Writing on the Blackboard (a report on the state of education), Sherry (the biography of her spaniel) and Why Devolution?
Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find.
Bibliography: pony books
Rufus, a New Forest Pony, Frederick Warne, London, 1967, 144 pp, illus Derek Eyles