Christine Longford

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Christine Longford
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Christine Patti Trew

Died14 May 1980
Dublin, Ireland
Resting placeMount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin
Known forPlays, books on theatre
Spouse(s)Edward Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford
Relativesniece Rachel Billington

Christine Longford, Countess of Longford (née Trew; born in 1900 in Somerset, died 14 May 1980, Dublin, Ireland[1]) was a playwright. Following her parents' separation her mother took in lodgers while Christine attended Oxford Wells High School. She won a scholarship to study Classics at Somerville College, Oxford. While there she met and in 1925 married Edward Pakenham, later 6th Earl of Longford. She moved to Ireland with her husband in 1925. They divided their time between Dublin and Pakenham Hall, now Tullynally Castle, in Castlepollard, County Westmeath.

In 1930, Christine Longford and her husband bought shares in The Dublin Gate Theatre Company. In addition to designing costumes and managing productions Christine wrote plays including Lord Edward and Patrick Sarsfield. She also adapted novels for the stage, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice among them. The company suffered when the Longfords withdrew their backing.[2][3]

Her books include A Biography of Dublin, published as part of the Biographies of Cities series, Country Places, published by Parkside Press Dublin and Making Conversation, republished by Persephone Books in 2009.


  • Longford, Christine. Vespasian and Some of his Contemporaries. Hodges and Figgis, 1928.
  • Longford, Christine. Making Conversation, 1931. (Reprinted, Persephone Books, 2009.) Preface by Rachel Billington
  • Longford, Christine. Country Places. Parkside Press, Dublin, 1932.
  • Longford, Christine., and the Earl of Longford. The Oresteia (trans.), Hodges and Figgis, 1933.
  • Longford, Christine. Mr. Jiggins of Jigginstown. Gollancz, 1933.
  • Longford, Christine. Printed Cotton. Methuen, 1935.
  • Longford, Christine. A Biography of Dublin. Methuen, 1936.
  • Longford, Christine. Lord Edward. Methuen, 1940.
  • Longford, Christine. The United Brothers. Hodges and Figgis, 1942.
  • Longford, Christine. Patrick Sarsfield. Hodges and Figgis, 1943.
  • Longford, Christine. The Earl of Straw. Hodges and Figgis, 1944.
  • Longford, Christine. Tarkardstown, or A Lot to be Thankful For. P.J. Bourke, 1948.
  • Longford, Christine. Mr. Supple. P.J. Bourke, 1949.
  • Longford, Christine. Hill of Quirke. P.J. Bourke, 1958.
  • Quinn, Kathleen A (1997). Schrank, B.; Demastes, W.W. (eds.). Irish Playwrights 1880-1995. CT: Greenwood Press.


  1. ^ Irish Times, 15 May 1980.
  2. ^ Parker, Sybil P. Irish Drama in McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, Mc-Graw-Hill, 1983. Page 71.
  3. ^ Gassner, John. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama. Dover, 2003. Page 468.

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