Alice Stopford Green

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Alice Stopford Green
Portrait taken in the 1880s
In office
December 1922 – November 1928
Personal details
Alice Stopford

(1847-05-30)30 May 1847
Kells, County Meath
Died28 May 1929(1929-05-28) (aged 81)
Dublin, Ireland
Political partyIndependent
(m. 1877; died 1883)
  • Historian
  • Political activist
  • Public representative

Alice Stopford Green (30 May 1847 – 28 May 1929) was an Irish historian and nationalist.

She was born Alice Sophia Amelia Stopford in Kells, County Meath. Her father Edward Adderley Stopford was Rector of Kells and Archdeacon of Meath. Her paternal grandfather was Edward Stopford, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath,[1] and she was a cousin of Stopford Brooke and Mother Mary Clare. From 1874 to 1877 she lived in London where she met the historian John Richard Green.[2] They were married in Chester on 14 June 1877.[3] He died in 1883. John Morley published her first historical work Henry II in 1888.

In the 1890s she became interested in Irish history and the nationalist movement as a result of her friendship with John Francis Taylor.[1] She was vocal in her opposition to English colonial policy in South Africa during the Boer Wars and supported Roger Casement's Congo Reform movement.[1] Her 1908 book The Making of Ireland and its Undoing argued for the sophistication and richness of the native Irish civilisation.[2] Stopford Green was active in efforts to make the prospect of Home Rule more palatable to Ulster Unionists.[1] She was closely involved in the Howth gun-running.

She moved to Dublin in 1918 where her house at 90 St Stephen's Green became an intellectual centre.[1][4] She supported the pro-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War and was among the first nominees to the newly formed Seanad Éireann in 1922, where she served as an independent member until her death in 1929.[5] She was one of four women elected or appointed to the first Seanad in 1922.[6]


Further reading[edit]

  • R. B. McDowell, Alice Stopford-Green: A Passionate Historian (1967)
  • Leon Ó Broin, Protestant Nationalists in Revolutionary Ireland: the Stopford Connection (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1985 ISBN 978-0-389-20569-2)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Alice Stopford Green's Life". Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Alice Stopford Green". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 May 1929. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  3. ^ "England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 Mar 2014), John Richard Green and Alice Sophia Amelia Stopford, 1877.
  4. ^ "Alice Stopford Green". Ricorso. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Alice Stopford Green". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  6. ^ The other women were Jennie Wyse Power, Ellen Cuffe, Countess of Desart, and Eileen Costello

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