Hester Sigerson Piatt

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Hester Sigerson Piatt
Anna Hester Sigerson

(1870-06-13)13 June 1870
Rathmines, County Dublin, Ireland
Died16 June 1939(1939-06-16) (aged 69)
Dublin, Ireland

Hester Sigerson Piatt (13 June 1870 – 16 June 1939), was an Irish poet and republican journalist.[1]


Piatt was born Anna Hester Sigerson, known to family as Hetty, in Dublin to Hester Varian and George Sigerson. Her father was a doctor, poet and senator, her mother was also a writer as was her sister Dora Sigerson Shorter. In about 1900 Piatt married the American Vice and Deputy Consul in Ireland, Arthur Donn Piatt. They had two children, Eibhlín Piatt Humphreys and Donn Sigerson Piatt. Her husband died in Ireland in 1914 aged 47. Piatt stayed in Ireland living in her father's house. She was a member of Cumann na mBan and covered topics like the Charles Kickham Memoir in her writings.[2][3][4][5][6]

Piatt worked on the Weekly Freeman, taking over as "Uncle Remus" from Rose Kavanagh, a job which earned her a pound a week. She also wrote for the Lyceum, Irish Fireside and The Weekly Register as well as contributing to other American and English journals. Her poetry was published in Yeats's Irish anthology and Padraic Colum’s anthology of Irish verse.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

She is buried in Glasnevin cemetery with her husband.[13]


  • The passing years : a book of verses
  • The golden quest : and other stories
  • In a poet's garden
  • Anne Devlin : an outline of her story


  1. ^ Irish Genealogy.
  2. ^ Ricorso.
  3. ^ Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Atkinson 2016, p. 604.
  5. ^ Kestenbaum 1996.
  6. ^ Encyclopedia.com 2018.
  7. ^ Piatt.
  8. ^ Piatt2.
  9. ^ ainm.ie 2017.
  10. ^ The Irish Times 2013.
  11. ^ Piatt 1928.
  12. ^ NUI Galway 2013.
  13. ^ "Anna Hester Sigerson Piatt".