Constantia Grierson(1704/5 - 2 December 1732)
Works in ECPA
- Prologue to Theodosius: Spoken by Athenais at the Theatre in Dublin, when Lord and Lady Carteret were in Ireland. ()
- The Speech of Cupid, upon seeing him self painted by the Honourable Miss Carteret, (now Countess of Dysert) on a Fan. ()
- To Mrs. Mary Barber, under the Name of Sapphira: Occasion'd by the Encouragement She met with in England, to publish her Poems by Subscription. ()
- To the Honourable Mrs. Percival, on her desisting from the Bermudan Project. ()
- To the Honourable Mrs. Percival, with Hutcheson's Treatise on Beauty and Order. ()
- Upon my Son's speaking Latin in School to less Advantage than English: Written as from a Schoolfellow. ()
Constantia Grierson, classical scholar, poet, and editor, was born Constantia Crawley in co. Kilkenny c.1704/5. She was tutored in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and French by her local vicar. In about 1722, she was apprenticed to Laetitia Pilkington's father to study midwifery in Dublin. Here she met the publisher George Grierson (c. 1680–1753), whom she married in 1726, and for whom she began editing a number of classical authors. She was highly regarded by Dublin's literary élite as an editor as well as a poet. She moved in Swift's circle and became friends with Mary Barber. Six of her poems were published, posthumously, in Barber's Poems on Several Occasions (1734). She died, aged twenty-seven, in Dublin on 2 December 1732, and was buried on 4 December at St John's cemetery in Dublin.
Tucker, Bernard. The poetry of Laetitia Pilkington (1712-1750) and Constantia Grierson (1706-1733). Studies in British literature, v. 20. Lewiston: E. Mellen Press, 1996. Print.
Inverting the image of Swift's 'Triumfeminate'. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 4:1 (2004): 37-71. Print.
Homosocial Women, Martha Sansom, Constantia Grierson, Mary Leapor and Georgic Verse Epistle. Armstrong, Isobel, and Virginia Blain, eds., Women's Poetry in the Enlightenment, The Making of a Canon, 1730-1820. London, England; New York, NY: Macmillan/St. Martin's, with Centre for English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 1999. 167-83. Print.
Pittock, Sarah Peterson.
Constantia Grierson (1705?-1732). De Bruyn, Frans, ed., Eighteenth-Century British Literary Scholars and Critics. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2010. 105-112. Print.
Swift's 'Female Senate': Three Forgotten Poets. Irish Studies Review 7 (1994): 7-10. Print.