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Jane Francesca Wilde (Elgee)

Also Known As: "Speranza", "Agnes", "Lady Wilde"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Ireland
Death: March 3, 1896 (74)
146 Oakletty Street, Chelsea, London, County of London, England, United Kingdom (Bronchitis)
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Elgee and Sarah Elgee
Wife of Sir William Robert WIlls Wilde, MD
Mother of William Charles Kingsbury Wilde; Oscar Wilde and Isola Francesca Wilde
Sister of Frances Elgee; John Kingsbury Elgee and Emily Thomasine Warren

Occupation: Poet, member of the Young Ireland movement
Managed by: Private User
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About Jane Francesca Wilde


Jane Wilde, under the pseudonym "Speranza" (the Italian word for 'Hope'), wrote poetry for the revolutionary Young Irelanders in 1848 and was a life-long Irish nationalist. She read the Young Irelanders' poetry to Oscar and Willie, inculcating a love of these poets in her sons. Lady Wilde's interest in the neo-classical revival showed in the paintings and busts of ancient Greece and Rome in her home. She was an early advocate of women's rights, and campaigned for better education for women. She invited the suffragist Millicent Fawcett to her home to speak on female liberty. She praised the passing of the Married Women's Property Act of 1883, preventing women from having to enter marriage 'as a bond slave, disenfranchised of all rights over her fortune’.

ANCIENT LEGENDS, MYSTIC CHARMS, AND SUPERSTITIONS OF IRELAND WITH SKETCHES OF THE IRISH PAST By Lady Wilde ("Speranza") 1888 http://www.libraryireland.com/AncientLegendsSuperstitions/Contents.php/

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Jane Francesca Wilde's Timeline

December 27, 1821
Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Ireland
September 26, 1852
Age 30
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
October 16, 1854
Age 32
Dublin, Ireland
Age 35
March 3, 1896
Age 74
London, County of London, England, United Kingdom
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom