Sydney Owenson’s Irish-born father moved to London at age seventeen, where he Anglicized his name from MacOwen to Owenson and became an actor. There he met and eloped with Jane Mill, a genteel young woman who brought her husband a comfortable inheritance. After returning to Dublin for an engagement at the Theatre Royal, Robert Owenson decided to remain and sent for his wife. Sydney was probably born either during her mother’s journey or shortly after her arrival in Ireland but because she went to great lengths to conceal her age, even her birth year remains uncertain.
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