An englishwoman in Belfast: Rosamond Stephen's record of the Great War

Oonagh Walsh (Editor)

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Rosamond Stephen (1868?1951) was an Englishwoman who spent most of her life unsuccessfully trying to reconcile Protestants and Catholics in Ireland. The daughter of a theist judge, and niece of Sir Leslie Stephen, editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, she was received into the Church of Ireland in 1896 and worked as a lay missionary in working-class Belfast. Her attempts to meet, assist and talk politics with Belfast Catholics aroused suspicion in both communities, and her ecumenical quest ended indisillusionment. This selection from her wartime letters to her sisters records her unique approach to philanthropy, her fervent support for the war effort, and her growing disgust with the British administration of Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCork
PublisherCork University Press
Number of pages104
ISBN (Print)781859182703
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Rosamond Stephen
  • the Great War
  • wartime letters
  • Belfast Catholics
  • Protestants
  • Ireland


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