A life less ordinary: The tale of Maud Gonne's daughter

Certain people, fascinating in their own right, are unfairly remembered only as footnotes in the lives of more illustrious contemporaries.

25th December, 2004

Certain people, fascinating in their own right, are unfairly remembered only as footnotes in the lives of more illustrious contemporaries.

Little is known about Iseult Gonne except that she was Maud Gonne's illegitimate daughter (passed off in nationalist circles as her niece) and she married the novelist Francis Stuart.

Yeats proposed to Iseult who refused him, but he remained the closest she had to a father figure. Through him she met and had a brief,...

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