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Aikenhead, Mary Frances (1787–1858)  

Maker: unknown artist

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Mary Frances Aikenhead (1787–1858) by unknown artist, c. 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aikenhead, Mary Frances (1787–1858), Roman Catholic nun  

Margaret Mac Curtain

Aikenhead, Mary Frances (1787–1858), Roman Catholic nun, was born on 19 January 1787, in the house adjoining the Aikenhead and Dupont apothecary premises on the corner of Grand Parade and Castle Street in Cork. She was the eldest of four children of Dr David Aikenhead...

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Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet  

Leon Litvack

Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet, was born at 25 Eccles Street, Dublin. She was the second daughter of John Humphreys, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines and later brigade major in the Tyrone yeomanry, and his wife, ...

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Alexander, Cecil Frances (1818–1895)  

Maker: Charles Napier Kennedy

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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) by Charles Napier Kennedy, 1894 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Barber, Mary (c. 1685–1755), poet  

Bryan Coleborne

Barber, Mary (c. 1685–1755), poet, is of unknown parentage. She married Rupert Barber (d. 1777?), a Dublin woollen draper, and lived in Werburgh Street, Dublin, from at least 1705 to at least 1724. In 1719 her husband acquired rights to property at ...

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Barlow, Jane (1856–1917), poet and writer  

Maria Luddy

Barlow, Jane (1856–1917), poet and writer, was born on 17 October 1856 at Dollymount, Dublin, the eldest daughter of the Revd James William Barlow (1826–1913), who was from 1861 professor of modern history and later vice-provost of Trinity College, Dublin, and his wife, ...

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Barr [née Moyles], (Sarah) Venie (1875–1947), political activist and philanthropist  

Oonagh Walsh

Barr [née Moyles], (Sarah) Venie (1875–1947), political activist and philanthropist, was born at Abbeyleix, Queen's county, on 3 October 1875, the daughter of James Moyles, a trader, and his wife, Eliza Jane Pratt. On 2 July 1901 she married Ainsworth Barr (...

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Barton, Rose (1856–1929), watercolour painter  

Maria Luddy

Barton, Rose (1856–1929), watercolour painter, was born at Rochestown, co. Tipperary, on 21 April 1856, the second daughter of Augustine Barton (d. 1874), solicitor. She was of the Anglo-Irish gentry, educated privately, and presented at Dublin Castle in 1872. She first exhibited in ...

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Bates [née Dwyer], Daisy May (1859–1951), anthropologist and social worker among Aboriginal Australians  

D. J. Mulvaney

Bates [née Dwyer], Daisy May (1859–1951), anthropologist and social worker among Aboriginal Australians, was born around 16 October 1859, at Roscrea, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the third of four children of Edward Dwyer, shopkeeper and small farmer, and his wife Bridget, née Hunt...

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Battier [née Fleming], Henrietta (c. 1751–1813), poet and satirist  

Isobel Grundy

Battier [née Fleming], Henrietta (c. 1751–1813), poet and satirist, was the daughter of John Fleming of Staholmock, co. Meath, Ireland. She later wrote that 'strangers possess my paternal acres' (Battier, preface). By the age of eleven she was writing poetry; she thought well enough of a poem written that year (for Good Friday) to publish it in her collected volume. Her husband was the son of a ...

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Blachford [née Tighe], Theodosia (c. 1745–c. 1817), philanthropist  

Maria Luddy

Blachford [née Tighe], Theodosia (c. 1745–c. 1817), philanthropist, was the only daughter of four children born to William Tighe (1710—1766), MP for Clonmines (1734—1760) and Wicklow (1761—6) and his first wife, Lady Mary Bligh (d. ...

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Blackburn, Helen (1842–1903)  

Maker: Elizabeth S. Guinness

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Helen Blackburn (1842–1903) by Elizabeth S. Guinness The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Blackburn, Helen (1842–1903), campaigner for women's rights  

Linda Walker

Blackburn, Helen (1842–1903), campaigner for women's rights, was born at Knightstown, Valentia Island, co. Kerry, Ireland, on 25 May 1842. She had one brother, and was the only surviving daughter of Bewicke Blackburn (1811–1897), civil engineer and manager of the knight of Kerry's...

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Booth, Eva Selina Gore- (1870–1926), suffragist and poet  

Gifford Lewis

Booth, Eva Selina Gore- (1870–1926), suffragist and poet, was born on 22 May 1870 at Lissadell, co. Sligo, Ireland, the second of three daughters and the third of the five children of Sir Henry William Gore-Booth, fifth baronet (1843–1900), Anglo-Irish landlord and Arctic...

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Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole (1899–1973)  

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Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen (1899–1973) by unknown photographer © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bowen [married name Cameron], Elizabeth Dorothea Cole (1899–1973), writer  

Deirdre Toomey

Bowen [married name Cameron], Elizabeth Dorothea Cole (1899–1973), writer, was born on 7 June 1899 at 15 Herbert Place, Dublin, the only child of Henry Charles Cole Bowen (1862–1930), barrister, of Bowen's Court, Kildorrery, co. Cork, and his wife, Florence Isabella Pomeroy (...

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Brooke, Charlotte (c. 1740–1793), writer  

Joep Leerssen

Brooke, Charlotte (c. 1740–1793), writer, was born in Rantavan, co. Cavan, one of the many children of the author Henry Brooke (c. 1703–1783) and his wife, Catherine Meares (1712/13–1773), of Meares Court, co. Westmeath, and one of only two, with her brother Arthur...

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Bunbury, Selina (1802–1882)  

Maker: Harriet Bunbury

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Selina Bunbury (1802–1882) by Harriet Bunbury National Gallery of Ireland

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Bunbury, Selina (1802–1882), novelist  

Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber

Bunbury, Selina (1802–1882), novelist, was born at Kilsaran House, near Castlebellingham, co. Louth, Ireland, one of the fifteen children of the Revd Henry Bunbury and Henrietta Eleanor Shirley. Through her father she descended from a landed gentry family in co. Carlow, while on her mother's side she was related to the ...