Henrietta O'Neill

Henrietta O'Neill (1758 – September 1793) was an Irish poet.[1]

The only daughter of Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan,[2] and his wife, the former Susannah Hoare,[3] she was born Henrietta Boyle.[1][4] Her father died in 1759 and her mother later married Thomas Brudenell-Bruce;[4] her younger half-siblings included Charles Brudenell-Bruce, 1st Marquess of Ailesbury. She married John O'Neill in 1777, when he was an Irish MP.[5]

Henrietta O'Neill was a friend of the English novelist and poet Charlotte Smith.[1] She was also an amateur actor.[3] Her best known poems are "Ode to the Poppy"[4] and "Written on Seeing her Two Sons at Play".[6]

Her two children were:[7]

O'Neill died in Portugal in 1793, while still in her thirties.[8] Her husband outlived her, becoming a baron in 1793 and a viscount in 1795,[5] but was killed during a rebellion at the age of 58.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Blackburne, E Owens (1877). Illustrious Irishwomen. Volume 2. pp. 70–72.
  2. ^ Rowton, Frederic (1856). The female poets of Great Britain, chronologically arranged. p. 163.
  3. ^ a b Macdonald, D L; McWhir, Anne (2010). The Broadview Anthology of Literature of the Revolutionary Period 1770-1832. p. 358. ISBN 1551110512.
  4. ^ a b c Lonsdale, Roger (1990). Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology. p. 457. ISBN 0192827758.
  5. ^ a b The Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland: The peerage of Ireland. 1790. p. 25.
  6. ^ Andrew Carpenter (1998). Verse in English from Eighteenth-century Ireland. Cork University Press. p. 475. ISBN 978-1-85918-104-1.
  7. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
  8. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine. 1833. pp. 130–32.
  9. ^ John Debrett (1816). The Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland. F.C. and J. Rivington. p. 876.