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Alice Stopford Green


Alice Stopford Green

For the living American political activist, see Alice Green.
Alice Stopford Green
Portrait taken in the 1880s
Born (1847-05-30)30 May 1847
Kells, County Meath.
Died 28 May 1929(1929-05-28) (aged 81)
Occupation Historian, political activist and public representative.
Religion Church of Ireland
Spouse(s) John Richard Green

Alice Stopford Green (30 May 1847 – 28 May 1929) was an Irish historian and nationalist.

She was born Alice Sophia Amelia Stopford in Kells, County Meath. Her father Edward Adderley Stopford was Rector of Kells and Archdeacon of Meath. Her paternal grandfather was Edward Stopford, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath,[1] and she was a cousin of Stopford Brooke. From 1874 to 1877 she lived in London where she met and married the historian John Richard Green.[2] He died in 1883. John Morley published her first historical work Henry II in 1888.

In the 1890s she became interested in Irish history and the nationalist movement as a result of her friendship with John Francis Taylor.[1] She was vocal in her opposition to English colonial policy in South Africa during the Boer Wars and supported Roger Casement's Congo Reform movement.[1] Her 1908 book The Making of Ireland and its Undoing argued for the sophistication and richness of the native Irish civilisation.[2] Stopford Green was active in efforts to make the prospect of Home Rule more palatable to Ulster Unionists.[1] She was closely involved in the Howth gun-running.

She moved to Dublin in 1918 where her house at 90 St Stephen's Green became an intellectual centre.[1][3] She supported the pro-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War and was among the first nominees to the newly formed Seanad Éireann in 1922, where she served as an independent member until her death in 1929.[4]


  • (1903) first pub. 1888.
  • (1894)
  • (1894)
  • (1909) first pub. 1908.
  • (c1911).
  • (1912)
  • ([1918?])
  • published in 1925, was her last major work.

All above available at Internet Archive.
Search for further works by Alice Stopford Green

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Further reading

  • R. B. McDowell, Alice Stopford-Green: A Passionate Historian (1967).
  • Léon Ó Bróin, Protestant Nationalists in Revolutionary Ireland, The Stopford Connection (1985).


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