Margaret was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Both her grandfathers were Master Mariners and her Father was a Trinity House Pilot.
Margaret attended Chaucer School and Blackpool Grammar School. She later trained as
a teacher at Edge Hill College in Liverpool.
In 1926, she married Lawrence T. Rowntree from Hull.
Margaret became a teacher, teaching first at her old school and then after the death of
her husband in 1947, she taught at Tyldesley School, Blackpool.
Several of Margaret's many poems were published in "Lancashire Life" magazine and in the local press. Margaret published an anthology of her verse in 1984 under the title "Sixty years of verse".