Martin, Violet (1862-1915)

Biography/History

<p>Violet Florence Martin (1862-1915)</p>\n<p>Irish novelist, under the name ‘Martin Ross’. b. Ross House, Co. Galway, 1862. ed. Alexandra College, Dublin.  Spent most of her life at Ross and Drishane in Co.Cork, home of her cousin, Edith Somerville, with whom she formed a successful literary partnership from c 1886. Together they published 14 titles under the name of Somerville and Ross. Their first book, An Irish Cousin, appeared in 1889. This was followed by other notable successes including The Real Charlotte (1894), Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. (1899) and In Mr Knox’s Country (1915). Suffered horse-riding accident in 1898 and was in constant pain thereafter, spending her last years as an invalid. d. Cork, 1915</p>\n<p> </p>\n<p>Publications include:Some Irish Yesterdays (1906); Stray Aways (1920), and with Edith Somerville, An Irish Cousin (1889, re-written, 1903); Naboth’s Vineyard (1891); In the Vine Country (1893); Through Connemara in a Governess Cart (1893); The Real Charlotte (1894); Beggars on Horseback (1895); The Silver Fox (1897); Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. (1899); A Patrick’s Day Hunt (1902); All on the Irish Shore (1903); Further Experiences of an Irish R.M. (1908); Dan Russell the Fox (1911); In Mr Knox’s Country (1915); Irish Memories (1917); The Big House of Inver (1925); French Leave (1928)</p>\n<p> </p>\n[Source: Dictionary of Irish Biography, 1998; Eirdata http://www.pgil-eirdata.org; A Biographical Dictionary of Ireland from 1500, John C. Kinoulty (Unpublished - presented to QUB, 1991; Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 1990]

Role
Novelist and artist