Browne (also Brown), Frances (F)

b. 16 January 1816. d. 21 August 1879. Nationality: Irish. VIAF.
Poet, novelist, children’s writer, journalist. Pseudonym: “F. B.” Also known as “The Blind Girl of Donegal,” “The Blind Poetess of Ulster,” “The Blind Poetess of Donegal.” Alternative signature: “Frances Brown.” Blind from infancy following small pox. Born in Stranorlar, Donegal, from a Presbyterian family. Her father was the village postmaster. Prolific periodical poet who earned an income from writing, and financially supported her family, although she often struggled with poverty and ill health. Visited Scotland in 1847 with her sister (who worked as her amanuensis) during the Great Irish Famine. She lived in Edinburgh for five years, where she was part of a literary circle that included William and Robert Chambers and John Wilson. In 1852 she moved to London and, after her sister married, employed another amanuensis. Received a Civil List pension, and payments from the Royal Literary Fund. Declared bankrupt in 1867. Author of *The Star of Attéghéi; the Vision of Schwartz; and Other Poems* (1844), *Lyrics and Miscellaneous Poems* (1848), and *Pictures and Songs of Home* (1856). Biographical information: *Orlando*; “Frances Browne,” *Chambers’s Journal*, 4 May 1861, pp. 281-4. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 7
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
The First 1843 The Keepsake Poet 4946
We Are Growing Old 1845-02-22 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5803
The Painter’s Love 1845-04-05 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5814
The Mirror of the Danube 1845-05-03 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5818
My Childhood’s Tune 1848-03-04 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5959
The Sister’s Farewell 1850-08-31 Household Words Poet 1118
The Wild-Swan 1861-05-04 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6589