Rosamond Stephen’s Civil War

by Dr Ian d’Alton

Rosamond Stephen: A Life

Rosamond Stephen was born in 1868. Grand–daughter of a British colonial under–secretary and academic, daughter of a High Court judge and a cousin to Virginia Woolf, she came from a rarefied cultural and intellectual background. Rosamond was brought up as a theist, but this proved unsatisfactory for her spiritual needs, and she eventually found an amenable home within the Church of Ireland. Holidaying in Kerry and Louth in the late–19th century seems to have awakened a love for Ireland and she eventually moved to Belfast in the early 20th century, becoming a lay…

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