Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan

Standard Name: Morgan, Sydney Owenson,,, Lady
Birth Name: Sydney Owenson
Titled: Lady Sydney Owenson
Married Name: Lady Sydney Morgan
Pseudonym: S. O.
Nickname: Glorvina
Nickname: The Wild Irish Girl
In her capacities as poet, novelist, and travel writer with a sharp eye for culture and politics, SOLM spoke for the early movement of Irish nationalism. She also wrote plays and verse. Her reputation, once dragged down by her politics, is now rising.
Full-length portrait of Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan, by René Théodore Berthon, c. 1818. She sits in an ornate chair, with an elbow on a desk bearing paper, an inkwell, and a vase of flowers; her head rests pensively on her hand. She is wearing a black Empire-style dress with short puff sleeves, and holding a quill pen. A blue mantle with plentiful white fur trim is thrown carelessly on her chair. National Gallery of Ireland.
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Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Cultural formation Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton
Despite her Irish birth, she disliked and distanced herself from the Irish: Anna Maria Hall 's husband, Samuel Carter Hall , reported her saying that she needed to fumigate her dining-room after entertaining Daniel O'Connell
death Geraldine Jewsbury
She was buried in Lady Morgan 's vault in Brompton Cemetery.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Mercer, Edmund. “Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury”. Manchester Quarterly, pp. 301 - 21.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin, 1935.
xi, 199
death George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron
His body was brought back to England (contrary to his expressed wishes), where dissension arose over his funeral. His sister wanted it to be private and aristocratic, while public opinion (though not the establishment) wanted...
death Lady Caroline Lamb
LCL died at Melbourne House in London; she left to Sydney Morgan her portrait of Byron and some of his letters.
Her biographer Douglass dates her death as the 25th, while the Oxford Dictionary...
Dedications Elizabeth Helme
EH dedicated this to the Marchioness of Abercorn (later a patron of Sydney Morgan ). A review appeared in January 1804. Isabelle de Montolieu made a free translation of this novel into French in 1808...
Education Mary Russell Mitford
MRM was said to have learned to read by the time she was three. In January 1806 she got through fifty-five volumes, including books by Sarah Harriet Burney , Maria Edgeworth , Elizabeth Hamilton ,...
Family and Intimate relationships Olivia Clarke
Olivia was a tomboy who used to tease her elder sister, Sydney , for her sensibility and her admirers (showing something of the anarchic humour that later went into her verse).
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine JewsburyEditors , AMS Press, 1975.
1: 194
After Sydney...
Family and Intimate relationships Harriette Wilson
Two years later Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte told Sydney Morgan that HW was married to a very handsome man, who was willing to make an honest woman of her.
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine JewsburyEditors , W. H. Allen, 1862.
2: 223
The couple concealed their marriage...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Boyle
The Honourable Sir Courtenay Boyle , MB 's father, the second surviving son of Edmund, seventh Earl of Cork and Orrery , was a Vice-Admiral.
Boyle, Mary. Mary Boyle. Her Book. Boyle, Sir Courtenay EdmundEditor , E. P. Dutton; John Murray, 1902.
One of his postss was commissioner of the dockyards...
Family and Intimate relationships Ella Hepworth Dixon
EHD 's father, a Yorkshireman named William Hepworth Dixon , was the editor of the Athenæum from 1853 to 1869 and wrote several novels. He was lionized by London society after the publication of...
Friends, Associates Geraldine Jewsbury
GJ 's later social circle included many writers: Sydney, Lady Morgan , who became a close friend and for whom GJ acted as amanuensis; author Lady Llanover ; author and publisher Douglas Jerrold ; and...
Friends, Associates Thomas Moore
His social circle included prominent literary women: Mary Tighe , sisters Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) and Olivia Clarke , Mary Shelley , Marguerite Blessington , Louisa Stuart Costello , and Caroline Norton . He knew...
Friends, Associates Lady Eleanor Butler
Among their many visitors (apart from the local gentry, with whom they duly established links), close friends included Anna Seward , Henrietta Maria Bowdler (who wrote mock-flirtatiously of LEB as her veillard [sic] or old...
Friends, Associates L. E. L.
By the time LEL began living alone, she was well-known in literary circles. She became a good friend of Emma Roberts and Rosina Bulwer-Lytton around this time, and gradually became a recognized London public figure...
Friends, Associates Adelaide O'Keeffe
AOK 's literary friendships with Sydney, Lady Morgan , and with Jane Porter were carried on, perforce, largely by letter.
O’Keeffe, Adelaide, and John O’Keeffe. “Memoirs”. O’Keeffe’s Legacy to his Daughter, edited by Adelaide O’Keeffe and Adelaide O’Keeffe, G. Whittaker, 1834, p. x - xxxv.


30 May 1782
The Duke of Portland , Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, announced in the House of Lords a new Bill of Rights for Ireland: the Dublin Parliament was freed from the rule of the British Privy Council
The independence struggles of the Spanish empire in South America began in what is now Bolivia (which secured its independence by a battle of 9 December 1824).
12 August-3 September 1821
The newly-crowned George IV visited Ireland (the first British monarch to do so since William III made war there), and was rapturously received in Dublin.
January 1833
The first issues appeared of two Irish monthly periodicals: the successful Dublin University Magazine and the short-lived Dublin University Review, and Quarterly Magazine.