Frances Swiney

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Rosa Frances Emily Swiney, née Biggs, (21 April 1847 – 3 May 1922) was an early British feminist and writer. She was born in Poona, India, but spent most of her childhood in Ireland. In 1871 she married Major John Swiney (1832–1918), and devoted herself to becoming a full-time wife and mother. Swiney relocated to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1877, a place she described later in her life as "the town of no ideals", where her husband joined her ten years later.[1]


  • The Ancient Road
  • The Bar of Isis
  • The Cosmic Procession
  • Women and Natural Law

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  1. ^ Doughan, David (2004), "Swiney , (Rosa) Frances Emily (1847–1922)'", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.), Oxford University Press, retrieved 5 September 2014  (subscription or UK public library membership required)