Constantia Grierson

(1705—1733) classical scholar and editor

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(?1705–1733), poet and editor. Born at Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, she was apprenticed at 14 to train in midwifery but acquired considerable learning in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew through self-education. She married the King's Printer in Ireland, George Grierson, and worked on his classical editions of Terence (1727) and Tacitus (1730). Poems in praise of friends are collected in Poems by Eminent Ladies (1755). She was a friend of Swift.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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