Besemeres, Jane (pseud. Janet Byrne) (F)

b. 1827. d. 1905. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Poet, novelist, teacher, and governess. Pseudonym: “Janet Byrne.” Governess and then family friend to the Dent family, based in Stafford, and especially close to Rupert Arthur Dent, who was deaf and who later became an artist. Founded the Staffordshire Church Mission to the Deaf and Dumb in 1886, and the Wolverhampton Home for Deaf and Dumb Women and Girls. Publications include *Picture Teaching Series of Books for the Young* (1873), *Patsy’s First Glimpse of Heaven* (1873), *Comfort: A Book for the Cottage* (1882), *Wonders Under the Earth* (1882), and *Vanished Faces, and Other Poems* (1884). Also authored books for primary school and religious books. Biographical information: Reilly, *Late Victorian Poetry*, p. 44; Cushing 352; “Deaf Artist, Rupert Arthur Dent, and Jane Besemeres”, *UCL Ear Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries*, <https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/library-rnid/2013/06/07/deaf-artist-rupert-arthur-dent-and-jane-besemeres/> (15 August 2021). (KH, CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
An Invitation 1874 Good Words Poet 2511