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Lady Jane Francesca Wilde

Lady Jane Francesca Wilde was an Irish poet of The Famine Year fame. Her poetry was published under the pseudonym Speranza. She wrote for The Nation newspaper, as well as serving as its editor beginning in 1848. Her early anti-British poetry espoused revolutionary action to gain independence for Ireland.

Biographical fast facts

Full, original or maiden name at birth: Jane Frances Agnes Elgee

Date and place of birth: December 27, 1821, Wexford, Ireland *

Date, place and cause of death: February 3, 1896, London, England (Bronchitis)

Husband: William Robert Wills Wilde (later Sir William Wilde) (m. 1851 - 1876) (his death)

Sons: William Wilde (b. September 26, 1852 - d. March 13, 1899)
Oscar Wilde (b. October 16, 1854, at 2:38 a.m., at 21 Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland - d. November 30, 1900, at 1:50 p.m., Hotel d'Alsace, Paris, France, of an infection and meningitis)

Daughter: Isola Wilde (b. April 2nd, 1857 - d. February 23rd, 1867)

Father: Charles Elgee
Mother: Sara Kingsbury

Burial site: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, London, England

Error correction or clarification

* She was not born in "1826" as she claimed for many years. Late in life she acknowledged she was actually born in 1821.


The most in-depth of more than two dozen sources consulted in preparing this profile, was the 1988 biography, Oscar Wilde, by Richard Ellmann.

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