Augusta (Persse) Gregory

Isabella Augusta (Persse) Gregory (1852 - 1932)

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Lady Isabella Augusta (Augusta) Gregory formerly Persse
Born in Roxborough, County Galway, Irelandmap
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Wife of — married in Dublin, Irelandmap
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Died in County Galway, Irelandmap
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Isabella Augusta Persse was born on the 15th March, 1852. She was the daughter of Dudley Persse and Frances Barry. She went by her middle name, Augusta.

Isabella married, the Rt. Hon. Sir William Henry Gregory, (the son of Robert Gregory and Elizabeth O'Hara), on the 4th March, 1880 in Dublin, in Ireland.[1]

They had one son, William, who was tragically killed in the 1st World War.

Isabella was a playwright, who, along with Yeats, Edward Martyn and others, co-founded the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. She was a leading light in the Irish Literary Revival of the late 19th/early 20th Centuries.

Yeats wrote: "When in later years her literary style became in my ears the best written by woman, she had made the people part of her soul; a phrase of Aristotle's had become her motto: To think like a wise man, but to express oneself like the common people."

She died of breast cancer at home in Galway in 1932, aged 80.


Bohermore Cemetery, Galway, County Galway, Ireland[2]


  1. "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958," database, Family Search ( : 4 December 2014), MARRIAGES entry for Isabella Augusta Persse; citing Dublin South, Jan - Mar 1880, vol. 2, p. 585, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,253.

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Lady Gregory pictured on the frontispiece to "Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography" (1913)
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