May Probyn

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Juliana Mary Louisa Probyn, known as May Probyn (12 April 1856 – 29 March 1909) was an English poet, one of a group of lively and somewhat political British fin de siècle poets.[1] She published a novel in 1878, and became a Catholic convert in the following decade.[2]

Thomas Westwood the fishing writer was a friend.[3] Probyn is buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Mortlake.[4]


  • Once! Twice! Thrice! and Away! A Novel. (1878).
  • Robert Tresilian. A Story (1880)
  • Who Killed Cock Robin? (1880)
  • Poems (1881)
  • A Ballad of the Road, and Other Poems (1883.)

Her poem "Is it nothing to you" is in the Oxford Book of English Verse.[5]


  1. ^ Gail Marshall (2 August 2007). The Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle. Cambridge University Press. pp. 234–5. ISBN 978-0-521-85063-6.
  2. ^ Christine L. Krueger (1 January 2009). Encyclopedia of British Writers, 19th and 20th Centuries. Infobase Publishing. pp. 277–. ISBN 978-1-4381-0870-4.
  3. ^ Dr Fabienne Moine (28 November 2015). Women Poets in the Victorian Era: Cultural Practices and Nature Poetry. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-4724-6477-4.
  4. ^ Probyn, May
  5. ^ Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. at

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