From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913
Was born in 1846. Her father, Dr. Charles Benson of 42 Fitzwilliam Square, was a leading surgeon in Dublin, and President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1854-5; her mother, Maria, was daughter of Maunsell Andrews of Rathenny, King's County. She studied for two years in the Dublin Society's School, and besides three prizes won a medal for still life drawing in the National competition. She painted chiefly landscapes and sea-pieces, and was an exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1873 to 1890. During a visit to her brother in India she made a number of sketches and pictures of scenes in the Nilghari Hills and elsewhere. She died in 1893. Her sister, Mary Kate Benson, who also painted and exhibited, is still living.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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