Jane Barlow

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Jane Barlow
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Born Jane Barlow
April 17, 1857
Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland
Died April 20, 1917
Bray, County Wicklow
Nationality Irish
Jane Barlow

Jane Barlow (17 April 1857 – 20 April 1917) was an Irish novelist, noted for her poems describing the lives of the Irish peasantry, chiefly about Lisconnel and Ballyhoy, in relation to both landlords and the Irish potato famine.


Barlow was the daughter of Rev. James William Barlow, vice-provost of Trinity College, Dublin. Born in Clontarf, County Dublin, she spent most of her life living in a thatched cottage in Raheny, on the site of Raheny House, where now stands the Garda Retirement home in the townland of Ballyhoy. She died in Bray, County Wicklow.[1]


Barlow wrote both poems and novels. Her poetry collections include:

  • Bog-land Studies (1892)
  • The End of Elfintown (1894)
  • Ghost-Bereft (1901)
  • The Mockers and Other Verses (1908)
  • Doings and Dealings (1913
  • Between Doubting and Daring (1916)
  • Irish Idylls (1892, went into eight editions)
  • A Creel of Irish Stories (1897)
  • From the East unto the West (1898)
  • From the Land of the Shamrock (1900)
  • By Beach and Bog Land (1905)
  • Irish Neighbours (1907)
  • Irish Ways (1909).

Her novels include Kerrigan’s Quality (1894) and The Founding of Fortunes (1902).

The utopia History of a World of Immortals Without a God: Translated From an Unpublished Manuscript in the Library of a Continental University Dublin: W. McGee; London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., 1891, by Antares Skorpios is variously attributed to both Jane and her father James.


  1. ^ Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography, 3rd Edition. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. p. 12. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4. 

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