By Ierne L. Plunket, will illustrations. Larger book 8.5" x 6.5" Born in 1885, Ierne Arthur Lifford Plunket was the 9th child of the Hon. Arthur Plunket - son of the third Baron Plunket - and his wife, Louisa Frances Hewitt. She was educated at Queen Anne's, Caversham, 1895-1899, and at Oxford High School 1899-1902. She read History at Oxford, at the Society of Oxford Home Students (subsequently St. Anne's College), and when women were allowed to receive degrees, earned an MA. She was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and an organizing secretary of the London Society for Women's Suffrage.
During WWI, Plunket served with the Scottish Women's Hospitals in Russia, and with the WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service). After the war she was a Lecturer in History at University College, Southampton, but was forced to abandon her academic career in order to care for her ailing mother. It was around this time that she began to write children's fiction. From 1925, she is recorded as living at: Knockderry, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire; Lyme Regis, Dorset; Bantry Bay, Ireland; and St. Leonard's-on-Sea, East Sussex. She died in 1970.
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